Lauren Daigle makes a splashy debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with her new studio album, Look Up Child, earning the singer-songwriter her highest charting album and first top 10.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 22-dated chart (where Look Up Child debuts at No. 3 and Paul McCartney‘s Egypt Station bows at No. 1, becoming his first leader in 36 years) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 18, along with all of Billboard‘s other charts.
Look Up Child, which also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, starts with 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest overall week for a Christian music album in 2018, and the biggest for any Christian set since the charts began ranking albums by equivalent album units in late 2014. Of Daigle’s unit start, 103,000 are in traditional album sales — Daigle’s best sales week and the biggest sales frame for a Christian album in nearly nine years. The last Christian set to sell more copies in a single week was Casting Crowns’ Until the Whole World Hears (167,000; Dec. 5, 2009-dated chart).
Look Up Child also logs the biggest sales week for a Christian album by a woman in over 20 years. The last larger sales frame for a Christian set by a woman was tallied by LeAnn Rimes’ You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs, which sold 117,000 copies over the Christmas holiday week in 1997 (reflected on the chart dated Jan. 17, 1998).
Look Up Child’s sales were enhanced by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer and merchandise/album bundles, though the set also sold handsomely through traditional retail stores.
Look Up Child is the highest charting Christian music set (defined as a title that also charted on, or was eligible to chart on, the Top Christian Albums chart) since NEEDTOBREATHE’s HARDLOVE reached No. 2 on Aug. 6, 2016. Daigle has the highest charting Christian album by a woman on the Billboard 200 since Rimes’ You Light Up My Life ruled the chart for three nonconsecutive weeks in 1997 (Sept. 27, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1).
Daigle previously visited the Billboard 200 twice, with a pair of top 40-charting sets: Behold: A Christmas Collection (No. 29 in 2016) and How Can It Be (No. 28 in 2016).
Over on the Top Christian Albums chart, Look Up Child is her third No. 1. How Can It Be led for 12 weeks (beginning May 2, 2015) and Behold: A Christmas Collection reigned for five frames (starting Dec. 31, 2016).