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Christian Album Sales – Week of 11/29/11

We have lots of Christmas albums hitting the charts, as expected, but a lot of the previously popular albums that re-charted on Thanksgiving weekend fell off again this week. The only notable new Christian release was by Jesus Culture, Awakening: Live From Chicago, which sold almost 12,000. Here are my selected albums from the Billboard 200:

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Susan Boyle Someone To Watch Over Me 16 36,338 325,701 329,577 98.8%
Chris Tomlin Glory In The Highest 33 23,253 114,001 185,656 21.0%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 55 15,534 99,499 241,593 41.2%
Various Wow Christmas 2011 61 14,712 25,626 56,094 45.7%
Various Wow Hits 2012 62 14,509 35,820 90,719 26.7%
Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago 76 11,807 10,582 11,907 88.9%
Various Positively Christmas 93 10,119 8 57,886 0.0%
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 102 9,500 16,431 46,916 35.0%
Casting Crowns Peace On Earth 104 9,397 201,642 216,923 43.0%
tobyMac Christmas In Diverse City 107 8,748 15,786 42,557 37.1%
David Crowder Band Oh For Joy 134 6,868 15,881 36,927 29.0%
Matthew West The Heart of Christmas 165 5,655 9,328 10,903 85.6%
Michael W. Smith Glory 190 5,038 8,687 16,052 54.1%
Mandisa What If We Were Real 193 5,011 36,781 63,255 11.5%

(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.)

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