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Christian Album Sales – Week of 2/7/12

The only notable new release this week was by gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson at #44. I’m not familiar with him, but it looks like this is only his second release and possibly his first to chart. He also has a much larger percentage of his sales coming from Christian outlets than most of the gospel albums I’ve been tracking lately.

Here are the selected Billboard/Soundscan albums:

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Brian Courtney Wilson So Proud 44 12328 3273 12373 26.5%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 50 11651 30262 35279 85.6%
Fred Hammond God, Love & Romance 54 11036 27939 37008 75.5%
Third Day Move 81 7535 140777 160327 11.0%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 86 7162 158020 358333 44.1%
James Fortune & Fiya Identity 91 6728 34026 47384 72.0%
Kari Jobe Where I Find You 94 6510 23793 39577 60.1%
Various Joyful Noise 96 6172 54918 55850 98.3%
Various Wow Hits 2012 114 5223 73694 195644 32.2%
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest 127 4875 47151 79687 59.2%
Skillet Awake 140 4331 696925 703612 90.5%
Jamie Grace One Song At a Time 144 4170 30286 45258
Newsboys God’s Not Dead 149 4100 23621 65159 36.3%
William McDowell Arise 150 4053 60013 63574 94.4%
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Here We Are Again 168 3821 3500 3844 91.1%
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 175 3671 50047 118185 42.3%
Kirk Franklin Hello Fear 179 3593 415702 417346
Various Courageous 184 3566 14664 40300 36.4%

(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 continues to sell very well with only about 11% of its sales making it into the totals. This suggests they could have real sales of over a million, but I can’t even find any evidence of a Gold certification (500,000 units shipped) for this album, much less a Platinum. I still don’t know what caused the album to randomly reappear on the charts a few weeks ago, but it’s likely that this reappearance has a higher percentage of sales from Christian outlets than its initial run (ex. some kind of Christian bookstore sale or something? If anyone has any theories or information please let me know.)

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