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Amanda Cook Serves Up First No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

The Bethel Music singer soars solo. Plus, Hillsong United celebrates a year at No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs & more.

Amanda Cook earns her first solo No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 17) as Brave New World bows with 19,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music. While Cook collects her first No. 1 on her own (in her first chart visit), the singer/songwriter, originally from Manitoba, Canada, is a worship leader for Bethel Music, which has posted four No. 1s: Tides (2013), Tides Live (2014), You Make Me Brave: Live at the Civic (2014) and We Will Not Be Shaken (2015).


BUILDING CHART: In its first week of wide distribution, Building 429’s Unashamed re-enters Top Christian Albums at No. 2 (10,000), helped by a $5.99 iTunes Store promotion. The set, which first tallied a week at No. 37 with less than 1,000 units from venue sales (Sept. 19), is the group’s seventh top 10, dating to its first in 2004.

GOSPEL DEBUTS: Three debuts highlight the Top Gospel Albums top 10: John P. Kee’s Level Next (No. 4, 2000 sold), Tiff Joy’s self-titled LP (No. 5, 1,000) and Liz Vice’s There’s a Light (No. 6, 1,000; a negligible amount separate the latter two titles).

RECORD OF THE YEAR: Inspirational collective Hillsong United celebrates a year atop Hot Christian Songs with “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” The single entered the chart on Oct. 5, 2013 at No. 46, reached No. 1 on Dec. 7, 2013 and, although not in succession, has spent a record 52 weeks on top. Its 107 total chart weeks are also unequaled in the chart’s 12-year history.