|Rend Collective tops iTunes and ‘Billboard’ charts|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Friday, 28 March 2014 04:19 PM America/New_York|
Dove Award-nominated Irish worship group Rend Collective released its fourth album, The Art of Celebration, globally from Integrity Music (Provident Distribution) on St. Patrick’s Day. The album immediately soared to the top of retail charts internationally, becoming the group’s biggest-selling debut and the No. 1 best-selling album of any genre at iTunes and Amazon.com worldwide.
With more than 18,000 albums sold, The Art of Celebration also hit No. 13 on the Top 200 and No. 1 on the Current Contemporary Christian Billboard retail charts, while simultaneously landing at No. 1 in the U.K. on the Christian/Gospel and No. 28 on the overall albums charts as reported by the U.K.’s Official Charts Company. Rend Collective also has three albums in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Praise & Worship chart this week, with The Art of Celebration at No. 1, Campfire at No. 7 and Homemade Worship by Handmade People (Integrity Music/Provident Distribution) at No. 10.
“This is truly a celebration of God’s blessing on all of the energy that the band, together with our team here at Integrity, have put into bringing a new expression of worship through the exuberant experience of Rend Collective songs and music,” said Integrity Music’s Steve Nicolle, vice president of sales and marketing. “I have had the privilege of working alongside Rend Collective on their journey from the beginning, and we couldn't be more thrilled for this worship-focused team of musicians and songwriters.”
Along with sales success, Rend Collective continues to climb the radio charts with its lead single from The Art of Celebration, “My Lighthouse.” The song is No. 13 this week on Billboard’s Hot AC Indicator Chart, while hitting No. 24 on the National Audience Monitored Chart. Celebrating God’s brightness in the midst of “troubled seas,” the song will also be featured in a Bible Gateway devotional and is being featured now on Rend Collective’s free devotional series on the YouVersion Bible app.
The band has been nominated for a “Best Live Show” K-LOVE fan award this year, and is on a 24-city U.S. tour with Kari Jobe that runs through April 13. Thereafter, the group will return home for an Ireland and U.K. tour in May, with a 40-city U.S. headlining tour planned for this fall.