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Christian Album Sales – Week of 1/31/12

The only notable new album released last week was God, Love & Romance by Fred Hammond. At #8 it was the highest debut ever for the gospel legend, who has been placing higher with every new release. Hammond’s charting history:

Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3 – 2002 – #38 (N/A)
Somethin’ ‘Bout Love – 2005 – #35 (N/A)
Free to Worship – 2006 – #29 (N/A)
Love Unstoppable – 2009 – #25 (20,000)
God, Love & Romance – 2012 – #8 (26,000)

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Fred Hammond God, Love & Romance 8 25674 17987 25972 69.3%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 30 13682 20328 23628 86.0%
James Fortune & Fiya Identity 41 10400 28027 40656 69.0%
Kari Jobe Where I Find You 58 8267 20731 33067 62.7%
Various Joyful Noise 59 8064 48959 49678 98.5%
Third Day Move 64 7397 139884 152792 10.6%
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest 84 5927 44842 74812 59.9%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 88 5833 153516 351171 43.7%
Various Wow Hits 2012 99 5308 71154 190421 31.7%
Skillet Awake 108 4728 693017 699281 90.4%
William McDowell Arise 128 4130 56392 59521 94.7%
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 154 3567 47973 114514 41.9%
Susan Boyle Someone To Watch Over Me 163 3416 501375 509209 98.4%
Kirk Franklin Hello Fear 184 3186 412390 413753
Various Courageous 192 3082 12849 36734 35.0%

(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.)

Casting Crowns is now over 350,000. Third Day’s album continues to sell very well in its reappearance, and I am still not sure what caused it to reappear on the chart. It had a very low percentage of recorded sales once again, so I would say there is a very strong chance their real sales are at least as high as Casting Crowns and a good chance it is at least as high as Skillet’s.

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