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Christian Album Sales – Week of 5/22/12

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MercyMe’s latest album debuts at #7. They are one of the biggest CCM bands these days, but their previous album’s debut remains their career-best. After several releases with increasing debut sales, this one was quite a bit lower than their last four. Casting Crowns has twice come close to being the first Christian artist to hit #1 on Billboard, and it looked like MercyMe might have a shot with their career trajectory up to this point, but it’s hard to say now. Their selected discography to date, according to Wikipedia:

Almost There – 2001 – N/A (peaked at #37)
Spoken For – 2002 – #41 (28,000)
Undone – 2004 – #12 (55,000)
Coming Up To Breathe – 2006 – #13 (58,000)
All That Is Within Me – 2007 – #15 (84,000)
The Generous Mr. Lovewell – 2010 – #3 (88,000)
The Hurt & The Healer – 2012 – #7 (33,000)

12 Stones released their first album in several years, and so far it is not looking as successful as previous releases. Their selected discography, according to Wikipedia:

12 Stones – 2002 – #147
Potter’s Field – 2004 – #29
Anthem for the Underdog – 2007 – #53 (13,000)
Beneath the Scars – 2012 = #194 (2,500)

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
MercyMe Hurt & The Healer 7 33000 19000 33000 58.8%
Mary Mary Go Get It 52 8200 35000 38000 93.1%
Zacardi Cortez Introduction 71 6200 3900 6300 62.3%
Jason Nelson Shifting the Atmosphere 77 6000 5200 6100 85.5%
Laura Story Blessings 86 5400 61000 141000+
Marvin Sapp I Win 100 4500 90000 103000 88.1%
Jon McLaughlin Promising Promises 111 4200 4200 4200 99.5%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 153 3000 197000 440000 44.9%
Various Joyful Noise 168 2800 88000 89000 98.2%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 170 2800 94000 111000 84.7%
Various Wow Hits 2012 185 2600 103000 255000 36.6%
12 Stones Beneath the Scars 194 2500 2500 2500 98.0%
Matt Redman 10000 Reasons 197 2500 32000 32000+
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin 199 2500 36000 42000 86.1%
Newsboys God’s Not Dead 200 2500 48000 141000 34.3%

(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.)

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