Album sales picked up as expected last week as Thanksgiving kicked off the big shopping season, and Christmas albums and previously popular albums continued to dominate. The only new album that I noticed was Michael W. Smith’s instrumental Glory, debuting at #120 with almost 11,000 copies sold. This is a bit of a drop from the #70 debut of his first instrumental album, Freedom, which came out back in 2000.
Here are my selected chart positions on last week’s Billboard 200 with the Soundscan data:
|Artist||Album||Rk||This Week||Total||Real Total||MS%|
|Casting Crowns||Come To The Well||23||44085||91625||226059||40.5%|
|Susan Boyle||Someone To Watch Over Me||28||36797||290217||293239||99.0%|
|Chris Tomlin||Glory In The Highest||57||20716||107988||162403||19.3%|
|Chris Tomlin||How Great Is Our God||58||20666||12345||37416||33.0%|
|Various||Wow Hits 2012||70||17983||31853||76210||26.5%|
|tobyMac||Christmas In Diverse City||83||15330||11117||33809||33.0%|
|David Crowder Band||Oh For Joy||88||14523||12424||48332||22.6%|
|Various||Wow Christmas 2011||97||13082||18379||61414||44.4%|
|Chris Tomlin||And If Our God Is For Us…||109||11858||161046||161046|
|Michael W. Smith||Glory||120||10898||6470||11014||58.7%|
|Jeremy Camp||We Cry Out: The Worship Project||130||10113||71255||80292||5.3%|
|Casting Crowns||Peace On Earth||136||9862||197100||207526||40.1%|
|Newsboys||God’s Not Dead||137||9759||6507||20608||31.6%|
|Brandon Heath||Leaving Eden||169||7690||33218||33218|
|Matthew West||The Story of Your Life||170||7684||40487||40487|
|Mandisa||What If We Were Real||176||7473||36300||58244||11.9%|
|Tenth Avenue North||Light Meets The Dark||187||7028||85492||97376||13.3%|
(The Soundscan data includes sales from Christian outlets in the weekly totals but not in the cumulative totals – for whatever reason. So by adding up the weekly totals and comparing it to the reported cumulative totals, I can determine the artist’s true sales as well as determine what proportion of their sales were mainstream.)
Casting Crowns has the top album again, pushing their total sales well over 200,000. I’m still including Susan Boyle because she’s apparently up to 3,000 in “missing sales” from her latest album. Laura Story’s album has been on the chart two weeks now but only 5% of last week’s sales made it into the total, suggesting that she has a huge presence from Christian outlets and that her reported total of 40,000 is missing at least one digit. Other re-appearances include Brandon Heath and Matthew West towards the bottom; if they make it to next week I’ll be able to calculate their sales percentages.
I still don’t know what “Positively Christmas” is but it’s reported total has only gone from 0 to 1 to 4 in the last few weeks, suggesting an almost exclusively Christian market for its real total of almost 50,000. It looks like tobyMac and David Crowder have the most popular new Christmas albums this year, but Chris Tomlin’s is still dominating all Christian Christmas albums. Switchfoot sneaks back into the chart, and as they’ve been missing about two-thirds of their sales since I’ve been tracking them, I feel very confident that Vice Verses is really over 100,000 by now.