Metalcore band For Today has a career-best debut at #15. I can’t confirm this but it may be their first album to chart on the Billboard 200.
|Artist||Album||Rk||This Week||Total||Real Total||MS%|
|MercyMe||Hurt & The Healer||27||11000||44000|
|Mary Mary||Go Get It||36||9900||48000|
|Marvin Sapp||I Win||98||4700||107000|
|Casting Crowns||Come To The Well||151||3100||443000|
|Various||Wow Hits 2012||163||2800||258000|
|Alan Jackson||Precious Memories||168||2700||36000|
|Various||Wow Gospel 2012||182||2600||114000|
(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.)
Marvin Sapp’s album has sold over 100,000 copies. Casting Crowns is approaching 450,000. WOW 2012 has crossed 250,000.