The only major new release this week was Economy by John Mark McMillan, coming in at #95 on the Billboard chart with 4700 copies sold. There’s a pretty good chance that this is first ever appearance on the chart, although I can’t confirm whether or not The Medicine ever charted.
Here is a selected summary of Christian artists from last week’s sales:
|Artist||Album||Rk||This Week||Total||Real Total||MS%|
|Casting Crowns||Come To The Well||22||19545||68574||148626||46.1%|
|Chris Tomlin||Glory In The Highest||45||10046||97782||113687||15.2%|
|Gateway Worship||Great Great God||55||8431||1702||8446||20.2%|
|Various||Wow Hits 2012||59||8113||21961||32467||36.7%|
|Various||Wow Christmas 2011||85||5683||5599||38150||14.7%|
|John Mark McMillan||Economy||95||4932||4748||4932||96.3%|
|Mandisa||What If We Were Real||121||4127||34519||41971||13.6%|
|tobyMac||Christmas In Diverse City||150||3454||3805||8551||44.5%|
|Kirk Franklin||Hello Fear||175||3166||373409||643208||88.8%|
|Shake the Nation||Colliding Grace||178||3076||48||646284||1.6%|
The Soundscan data includes sales from Christian outlets on the weekly totals that determine the chart order, but they do not include sales from them in the total, so I’ve been keeping track of the weekly numbers to figure out the “real” total. In general the “Real Total” column is a minimum value and may not include other weeks that I have not been tracking. Skillet’s Awake has been getting about 90% of its sales recorded, suggesting that it could have crossed 700,000 in sales by now. I’m not familiar with Shake the Nation, but they apparently sold almost all of their sales through Christian outlets. I was surprised that John Mark McMillan didn’t get very many sales through Christian outlets (he is missing less than 4% on his total), and I wonder if the album wasn’t very available last week. I missed Switchfoot’s early weeks, but they are still getting over a quarter of their sales from Christian outlets in the weeks I’ve been tracking, so I would project that their total sales could be over 80,000 by now. Falling off the top 200 this week are Mat Kearney’s Young Love and the Courageous soundtrack. We will see Christmas albums begin to dominate in the coming weeks.