Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Chris Tomlin's 'Burning Lights' tops Billboard 200
Chris Tomlin's 'Burning Lights' tops Billboard 200 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:23 AM EST

GRAMMY-winning and multi-Platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin's latest album, Burning Lights (sixstepsrecords/EMI CMG Distribution), landed on the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart earlier this week.

It marked only the fourth time ever that a Christian album hit No.1 on the main U.S. album chart, but the second time in the past six months as TobyMac's Eye On It (ForeFront Records/EMI CMG) debuted at No. 1 in September.

With more than 72,000 units sold, Burning Lights marks the biggest first-week sales of Tomlin's two-decade career, reflecting a 60% increase compared to first-week sales of Tomlin's last studio album, 2011's And If Our God Is For Us (sixstepsrecords/EMI CMG), which sold 45,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Released Jan. 8, Burning Lights also claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums chart. The album's first single, "Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]," also claimed the No. 5 spot the Top 5 on Billboard's Christian AC, No. 6 on the National Christian Audience, No. 7 on the AC Indicator and No. 16 on the Hot Christian Songs charts the week of Jan. 14.

Tomlin's Burning Lights Tour begins Feb. 19 in Charleston, W.Va., visiting 34 cities, including New York, Seattle and Dallas, before wrapping at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver on May 4.

Besides TobyMac, Tomlin's chart-topper puts him in the company of country star LeAnn Rimes, whose inspirational record You Light Up My Life reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1997, and Bob Carlisle, who notched two weeks on the top spot in the same year with Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace).

Click here for a Christian Retailing interview with Tomlin about Burning Lights.

Click here for more information on Chris Tomlin's Burning Lights tour.

 

In this current issue:

Worthy launches Inspired imprint, hires Pamela Clements

News image

Worthy Publishing has named Pamela Clements vice president and associate...

READ MORE

Hallmark Channel to air Karen Kingsbury movies

News image

Hallmark Channel recently announced the development of two all-new Original...

READ MORE

Christian Product Expo Murfreesboro gathers independent retailers

News image

Munce Group hosted independent Christian retailers Sept. 21-23 for the...

READ MORE

Christian Authors Network honors retailers at Munce-hosted expo

News image

The Christian Authors Network (CAN) presented three retailers with books...

READ MORE

David C Cook restructures, promotes Michelle Anthony

News image

David C Cook has merged all of the company’s learning-resource...

READ MORE

GMA Canada announces 36th Annual Covenant Award nominees

News image

Gospel Music Association (GMA) Canada has announced the nominees for...

READ MORE

‘Be the Message’ becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller

News image

Houston-based megachurch pastors Kerry and Chris Shook’s latest book, Be...

READ MORE

Wanda Brunstetter reaches book-sales milestone

News image

Sales of Wanda E. Brunstetter’s books have topped 8 million...

READ MORE

Jay Sekulow's ‘Rise of ISIS’ becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller

News image

Howard Books’ Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore...

READ MORE

Send The Light partners with Fair Trade organization

News image

Send The Light Distribution has partnered with Gifts With a...

READ MORE

Revell joke book for kids sells half-million copies

News image

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has announced that...

READ MORE

Xulon launches political imprint

News image

Xulon Press and parent Salem Communications launched a new politically...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a