Newsboys Notch Seventh No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart With ‘United’


Plus, chart action for Titus Showers, Jovanta Patton & Bethel Music.

Newsboys' United debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated May 25), arriving with 21,000 equivalent album units (almost entirely from traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music.

The band earns its seventh leader, among 25 entries dating to its first, Not Ashamed, in 1992. The group first led with Take Me to Your Leader in March 1996. United is Newsboys first studio set since Love Riot, which started and peaked at No. 2 in 2016.

On Top Gospel Albums, Titus Showers' debut solo EP Who? arrives at the summit (3,000 units). Showers is the lead singer of gospel group The Showers, which hit No. 3 on the chart with The Journey in 2017.

Also on Top Gospel Albums, Jovanta Patton's EP Sanctuary enters at No. 2 (2,000 units). It's the third appearance on the chart for the Minneapolis-based artist, following two No. 1s. His first album, Finally Living, launched atop the Aug. 6, 2016-dated list, followed by The Best Me (July 21, 2018).

Plus, Bethel Music notches its first Hot Christian Songs top 10, as "Raise a Hallelujah," co-credited to husband-and-wife duo Jonathan David Hesler and Melissa Hesler (members of the Bethel Music collective since 2014), rises 11-8. The track adds top Airplay Gainer honors, as it ascends 18-16 on Christian Airplay (4 million in audience, up 62%).