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Christian Album Sales – Week of 1/24/14

Several new albums appeared on the Billboard chart this week, led by Kari Jobe landing at #10 with Where I Find You. Jobe’s discography:

Bethlehem – 2007 (N/A)
Kari Jobe – 2008 (N/A)
Le Canto – 2009 – #67 (N/A)
Where I Find You – 2012 – #10 (25,000)

Another debut came from Bethel Music with Loft Sessions at #44. I listened to some of this album on Rdio and it seems to feature some stripped-down or more acoustic versions of some of the previous hits that have come out of Bethel. Farther down on the chart we see the latest Homecoming Celebration by the Gaithers and a worship album from Myron Butler. It was a pretty well-rounded week for Christian artists.

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Kari Jobe Where I Find You 10 24629 16265 24800 65.6%
James Fortune & Fiya Identity 29 12330 20075 30256 66.4%
Various Joyful Noise 33 11490 41115 41614 98.8%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 41 9793 8345 9946 83.9%
Bethel Music Loft Sessions 44 8980 7593 8997 84.4%
Third Day Move 62 7038 139157 145395 11.3%
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest 74 5848 41615 68885 60.4%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 80 5497 150329 345338 43.5%
Various Wow Hits 2012 93 4788 68441 185,113 31.1%
Skillet Awake 126 3789 688677 694553 90.4%
Newsboys God’s Not Dead 131 3628 20440 58077 35.2%
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 137 3488 45969 110947 41.4%
Susan Boyle Someone To Watch Over Me 144 3370 498084 505793 98.5%
Various Courageous 163 3168 11525 33652 34.2%
Bill & Gloria Gaither Homecoming Celebration 172 3068 501 3103 16.1%
Myron Butler Worship 174 3044 1966 3087 63.7%
William McDowell Arise 188 2855 52624 55391 95.0%

(For whatever reason, Soundscan includes sales from Christian outlets in their weekly totals that determine the Billboard 200 chart positions, but they don’t include them in their reported totals. So I just add up all the weekly totals and compare them to the reported totals to see how many sales are missing from Christian outlets.)

Third Day’s reappearance continues strongly, and I can now estimate that they’re missing a very large proportion of their sales from the reported total. The new album from David Crowder Band is continuing to sell pretty well, and Skillet’s reappearance is also still going strong. The Courageous soundtrack drops a bit after last week’s DVD release.

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