A new face leads this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart: Christian artist Chris Tomlin, who scores his first No. 1 album with “Burning Lights.”
The album is the Texas native’s seventh studio set, and it sold a career high 73,000 copies its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the fourth Christian album to ever top the chart, unless you count all those U2 albums.
Mask-wearing rockers Hollywood Undead arrive at No. 2 with “Notes from the Underground,” which sold 53,000 copies its first week. Not quite Slipknot numbers, but it will do. Last week’s No. 1, the “Les Mis” soundtrack, falls to No. 3, while Taylor Swift and the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack round out the top five.
Next week’s new arrivals will likely be led by A$AP Rocky and the Kidz Bop Kids, who chime in with “Kidz Bop 23.” January, am I right?
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights (73,000)
2. Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (53,000)
3. Various artists, Les Miserables Soundtrack (52,000)
4. Taylor Swift, Red (49,000)
5. Various artists, Pitch Perfect Soundtrack (45,000)
6. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (42,000)
7. Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (42,000)
8. The Lumineers, The Lumineers (37,000)
9. Dropkick Murphys, Signed and Sealed in Blood (33,000)
10. One Direction, Take Me Home (29,000)