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Christian Album Sales – Week of 3/6/12

We’ve got a break from the CCM and gospel dominance this week. Fireflight debuts at #51 with their latest album, their best ever. Here is the female rock band’s chart history:

Unbreakable – 2008 – N/A
For Those Who Wait
– 2010 – #96
Now – 2012 – #51

Rapper Flame also debuts at #67. As best I can tell Flame’s albums have been hitting the Christian charts for many years but this is his first to debut in the overall Top 200.

Also, last week I missed the debut from Kutless at #36, their first album inside the top 40 after ten years of work. Kutless’s charting history:

Kutless – 2002
Sea of Faces – 2004 – #97
Strong Tower – 2005 – #87
Hearts of the Innocent – 2006 – #45
To Know That You’re Alive – 2008 – #64
It Is Well – 2009 – #42
Believer – 2012 – #36 (14,000)

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Fireflight Now 51 8494 5814 8551 68.0%
Flame 6th 67 7406 6315 7517 84.0%
Andrea Helms Moving Forward 77 6469 3602 6503 55.4%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 85 5915 57357 67599 84.8%
Maranatha! Praise Band Top 25 Praise Songs 2012 88 5852 3704 6358 58.3%
MercyMe The Generous Mr. Lovewell 91 5646 133558 158300
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 93 5626 171206 384455 44.5%
Newsboys God’s Not Dead 106 4932 29847 84634 35.3%
Fred Hammond God, Love & Romance 112 4555 50461 63122 79.9%
Various Wow Hits 2012 119 4346 83391 214955 33.9%
Skillet Awake 131 4060 713329 722450 89.7%
Kutless Believer 133 4035 9179 17762 51.7%
Kari Jobe Where I Find You 153 3665 31550 56598 55.7%
Le’Andria Johnson The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson 161 3453 23143 25045 92.4%
James Fortune & Fiya Identity 174 3179 51244 72377 70.8%
William McDowell Arise 177 3165 72644 78247 92.8%
Lecrae Rehab 193 2982 155287 162627
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 197 2972 57486 131264 43.8%

(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 sailing past 380,000 copies of their latest. Newsboys may hit 100,000 soon with theirs. Lecrae’s Rehab sneaks back into the chart this week, although I haven’t been following it long enough to know what its true sales might be.

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