For King & Country Don First Crown On Top Christian Albums Chart With 'Burn the Ships'


Plus, Brian Courtney Wilson notches his first Gospel Airplay chief.

for KING & COUNTRY, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, earns its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, as Burn the Ships sails in at No. 1 on the Oct. 20-dated listing. The set begins with a career-best 62,000 equal album models, in response to Nielsen Music.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, the album arrives at No. 7, marking the act's first high 10.

"We spent a year-and-a-half engaged on this album," Luke tells Billboard. "A number of these songs are notably private. To hear the tales already of individuals saying these songs relate to them and what they're going via of their life makes the time spent on this album all of the worthwhile. We get to write down songs for a dwelling and we're grateful to do it."

With its new chief, the act additionally earns its fifth high 10 in as many appearances. Debut album Crave peaked at No. four in 2012, adopted by Into the Silent Night: The EP (No. 5, 2013), Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. (No. 2, 2014) and Christmas: Live From Phoenix (No. 5, 2017).

Meanwhile, on Gospel Airplay, singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson banks his first No. 1 as "A Great Work," which he co-wrote, lifts 2-1 (up four p.c in performs). "Work" represents Wilson's eighth Gospel Airplay look, a historical past that features 4 high 10s. He first reached the listing with the No. 6-peaking "All I Need" in 2010. Wilson's further high 10s are "Worth Fighting For" (No. three, 2015) and "I'll Just Say Yes" (No. 10, 2016).