Tasha Cobbs‘ sophomore album, One Place Live, recorded at Redemption Center Church in Greenville, S.C., opens atop Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Sept. 12), with 13,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 27, according to Nielsen Music.
The set marks the strongest sales week yet in the worship leader’s young career. Her first, 2014’s Grace EP, launched at No. 2 in its first week (Feb. 23, 2014) with a 9,000-unit tally; it went on to spend two weeks at No. 1. Place boasts the third-highest unit sum on Top Gospel Albums so far in 2015. Only Anthony Brown & group therAPy‘s Everyday Jesus (20,000) and Karen Clark-Sheard‘s Destined to Win (15,000) sold more in a frame, both in their entrance weeks (reflected on the chart dated Aug. 8).
Cobbs says that her new songs have defined her personal journey. “One Place Live is a compilation of songs that helped me through some of the best and worst seasons of my life,” she tells Billboard. “I am excited to know that these songs are helping so many others around the globe.”
The new album is prominently represented on Hot Gospel Songs via four tracks: ”Overflow” (No. 16), “Fill Me Up” (No. 17), “Jesus Saves” (No. 18) and “Put a Praise On It” (No. 24).
ON THE ‘GO’: On Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart, three titles debut in the top 10, led by Rend Collective‘s As Family We Go at No. 1 (12,000 sold). It’s the second leader on the list for the Northern Ireland-based Christian rock-folk band: The Art of Celebration opened on top (with 18,000) in April 2014.
Also on Top Christian Albums, P.O.D.‘s The Awakening debuts at No. 3 (7,000 sold), becoming the rockers’ eighth top 10, and Pillar’s One Love Revolution enters at No. 8 (2,000), arriving as its seventh top 10 and first since 2009.
‘EX’-CELLENT: Format veteran Plumb posts her third top 10 on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart, as “Exhale” lifts 11-10. Having first appeared on the survey in 2003, Plumb reached the top 10 at last in 2013 with the No. 3-peaking “Need You Now (How Many Times).” “Lord I’m Ready Now” rose to No. 6 in December 2014.
Plumb has shown uncommon versatility in her career, having also earned three top 10s on Dance Club Songs, including the 2009 No. 1 “Hang On,” and the 2008 Adult Contemporary top 10 “In My Arms.”
Additional reporting by Gary Trust