This good news comes to us from Billboard Magazine and features a fine Christian vocalist, Lauren Daigle. Her latest album, Look Up Child, holds the record for the biggest Christian release of 2018. I thought perhaps our audience would appreciate taking a break from the reports of all the mess that is being spread by the mainstream media and the evil being put upon us by the unhinged leftist Democrat party. It’s time to just put your feet up for a moment and take a nice breath of fresh air.
Paul McCartney easily took the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week when his new album Egypt Station blew past 153,000 equivalent album units — a forceful 147,000 of which were traditional album sales. Eminem’s Kamikaze, now two weeks old, slotted in at Number Two with 136,000 units.
But just under those two, and well ahead of records by Drake, Ariana Grande, Mac Miller, Post Malone, Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, is a somewhat unexpected record called Look Up Child by 27-year-old Christian singer Lauren Daigle, selling 115,000 units, 103,000 of which are traditional album sales. Granted, the aforementioned musicians’ records are a few weeks old while Daigle’s is brand new.
The might of Look Up Child‘s release rivals that of other top artists in the past, though: Arcade Fire, for instance, sold 100,000 copies in the first week of its album Everything Now last year, which took it to Number Oneon the Billboard 200, and Camilla Cabello’s album Camilla came in at 110,000 units upon debut, which also was enough to bring it to Number One that week.
Look Up Child — which sets the record for biggest Christian music album of 2018, biggest traditional sales frame for any Christian album in nine years and biggest sales week for a Christian female artist in over 20 years — owes part of its big splash to concert/album and merchandise/album bundle sales, but it also sold well in traditional retail stores, according to Nielsen figures. Daigle, whose first album went platinum after its 2015 release, tells Rolling Stone she is “overjoyed” to see the new album debuting high on the charts this week, adding that it’s been her dream to share her music with such a broad audience. “I’m inspired to see music continue to cross-pollinate through genres,” she says. “I’m incredibly grateful for how well people have connected with Look Up Child.”
Now that had me playing tapping my foot and playing air drums (actually, more like belly drums… hahaha). Christian radio stations have audience sizes that have grown to match other genres such as country and stations with the emphasis on news. That is GOOD news… and it says to me that the Good News of the Gospel is making inroads into the everyday lives of Americans who so badly need it. I hope you enjoyed that tune as much as I did.
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