Jeremy Camp, William McDowell & Casting Crowns Notch New Faith-Based Chart No. 1s


Jeremy Camp rolls up his seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, and his fourth to debut atop the tally, as The Story's Not Over arrives at No. 1 on the list dated Oct. 5 with 13,000 equivalent album units (12,000 in album sales), according to Nielsen Music.

Camp earns his first coronation since I Will Follow debuted atop the chart in February 2015. In between, The Answer entered and peaked at No. 2 in October 2017.

Camp, originally from Lafayette, Ind., banked his first of 12 Top Christian Albums top 10s with his first entry, Stay, which reached No. 10 in 2004. He first led with Restored, which debuted at No. 3 in December 2004 and then flew 28-1 in September 2006 after the release of its deluxe version.

The new set's lead single, "Dead Man Walking," ranks at No. 5 on Christian Airplay and No. 7 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart.

William McDowell posts his fifth total and consecutive Top Gospel Albums No. 1, as The Cry: A Live Worship Experience opens at the summit (6,000 units; 5,000 sold). McDowell, who serves as pastor of the Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida, previously led with Sounds of Revival, Part Two, (2017); Sounds of Revival: Live (2016); Withholding Nothing (2013); and  Arise: The Live Experience (2011).

McDowell's first Top Gospel Albums entry, 2010's No. 3-peaking As We Worship: Live, became his first of his six consecutive career-opening top 10s.

On Christian Airplay, Casting Crowns' "Nobody," featuring Matthew West, ascends 3-1, up 4% to 10.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 30. Casting Crowns collects its 11th No. 1 (among 26 top 10s) and second leader this year, following "Only Jesus," which reigned for four weeks starting Feb. 9. The group boasts multiple No. 1s in a year for the first time since 2011, when "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" and "Courageous" led for nine and five frames, respectively.

Casting Crowns ranks second for the most Christian Airplay No. 1s since the chart launched in 2003. MercyMe leads with 16.

West adds his eighth Christian Airplay leader and his first since "Broken Things" in November 2017.