Skillet‘s Victorious roars in atop Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart (dated Aug. 17), earning 25,000 equivalent album units, with 22,000 in traditional album sales, in the week ending Aug. 8, according to Nielsen Music.
The set is the group’s fourth Top Christian Albums No. 1 among eight top 10s, all of which have arrived at the apex. Victorious follows Unleashed, which entered at No. 1 on Aug. 27, 2016; 2013’s Rise; and 2009’s Awake.
Skillet posted its first of its 14 Top Christian Albums entries in 1998 with Hey You, I Love Your Soul, which debuted and peaked at No. 25. The group achieved its first top 10 with its fourth entry, Alien Youth (No. 4, 2001).
The first single from Victorious that is being promoted to Christian radio is “Anchor,” which jumps 45-37 on Christian Airplay, up 6% to 310,000 audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 11. On the Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, it leaps 42-27.
Also on Christian Airplay, Unspoken achieves its first No. 1 as “Reason” soars from No. 5, up 14% to 11.6 million impressions.
(The coronation for “Reason” marks the biggest jump to No. 1 on Christian Airplay since Zach Williams’ freshman hit “Chain Breaker” rebounded 5-1 on the list dated Jan. 14, 2017, after it first reigned for its first of 15 weeks on top on Nov. 12, 2016.)
“Reason,” the first single from Unspoken’s same-titled album which opened and peaked at No. 22 on Top Christian Albums in July, marks the first leader for the band among four top 10s and 12 chart entries.
The act first charted with the No. 11-peaking “Who You Are” in 2013, followed by its first top 10, “Lift My Life Up” (No. 7, 2014). Its other top 10s: “Start a Fire” (No. 2, 2014) and “The Cure” (No. 8, 2017).