Elevation Worship‘s new live set, There Is a Cloud, bounds in atop Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart (dated April 8), earning 34,000 equivalent album units, with a career weekly-best 31,000 in pure sales, in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music.
The entry marks the act’s third straight and fourth total No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, all of which have debuted at the summit.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, Cloud opens at No. 11, marking the group’s highest rank and entrance. The music collective that represents Elevation Church, in Charlotte, North Carolina, had previously reached a No. 15 best with its prior release, Here as in Heaven (Feb. 27, 2016).
Meanwhile, on Christian Airplay, Hillsong Worship earns its first leader with “What a Beautiful Name” (2-1; 10 million audience impressions, down 3 percent). On the Hot Christian Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, “Name” rules for a seventh week.
The track holds at No. 2 on Christian Digital Song Sales (8,000 downloads sold, down 1 percent) and dips 4-5 on Christian Streaming Songs, although it increases by 5 percent to 1.7 million U.S. streams.
Sung and co-written by Brooke Ligertwood, “Name” is from Let There Be Light, Hillsong Worship’s 25th live album, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums (Nov. 5, 2016).
While the praise and worship outfit places its first No. 1 on Christian Airplay, sister act Hillsong United, which shares personnel, topped the chart with “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” for one week (May 10, 2014). On Hot Christian Songs, “Oceans” led for a record 61 weeks and has spent an astonishing 175 weeks and counting (since Dec. 7, 2013, its first week at No. 1) in the top five.