Hillsong Worship‘s new live worship LP, Let There Be Light, launches at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart (dated Nov. 5), shifting 16,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.
The set is the Australia-based collective’s 12th leader on the list (including Hillsong United and Hillsong Worship releases), and was recorded at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
“More than anything, our greatest hope for this record is that it will give people something to sing that rages against the chorus of division and fear that seems to be making so much noise right now,” Hillsong’s Joel Houston tells Billboard. “God knows the world needs more love, more empathy, more hope, more light.”
Tenth Avenue North‘s fifth studio set, Followers, bounds onto Top Christian Albums at No. 5 (4,000 sold). Followers is the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based band’s sixth top five on the tally, a sum that includes three No. 1s: Cathedrals (2014), The Struggle (2012) and The Light Meets the Dark (2010).
Christian hip-hop artist Derek Minor‘s Reflection opens at No. 7 on Top Christian Albums (3,000), marking his third top 10. 2015’s Empire and 2013’s Minorville both started and peaked at No. 2.
Finally, Clifton Ross lll, formerly a contestant on BET’s singing competition Sunday Best, makes his first appearance on Top Gospel Albums, as his debut four-song EP I Believe God opens at No. 6 (1,000).