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Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart - first Top 20 revealed

Tom Pakinkis
Christian and Gospel Album Chart

The Official Charts Company has revealed the first Top 20 from the UK’s first Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart.

The No.1 goes to Australian Christian rockers Hillsong United with their latest album Zion.

The critically-acclaimed Zion, released in the UK at the end of February, is the band’s third studio album, and before topping the UK’s Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart this week, the album had already notched up a Number 1 in their native Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart, and a Top 5 placing on the US Billboard 200.

“We are honoured that our album, Zion, has reached No.1 on the UK’s Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart, and would like to thank all those who have supported Hillsong United,” said the band.

“It is humbling and exciting to know that this album is inspiring people not just in Australia but across the globe to live with purpose and to put their trust in God. In a world where negativity is so dominant, we hope Zion can be a sound of joy and hope.”

The band’s label Hillsong Music UK added: “We are thrilled to be part of the launch of the first Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the UK.  For many years, even when selling millions of albums, this excellent genre of music has gone almost unnoticed in the mainstream UK music market.

It is wonderful that these sales are now been recognised from a genre that has contributed substantially to the history and development of modern music. We are particularly pleased to be the chart’s first Number 1 with Hillsong United's album Zion.”

The new chart launches in partnership with Compassion UK, an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry.

The Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart Top 20 for the week ending March 16 2013 can be found in full below:

 

TITLE

ARTIST

LABEL

1

ZION

HILLSONG UNITED

HILLSONG MUSIC

2

WITHOUT WORDS

BETHEL MUSIC

INTEGRITY MUSIC

3

10000 REASONS

MATT REDMAN

SIX STEPS

4

TOP 100 PRAISE & WORSHIP SONGS 2012

MARANATHA MUSIC

MARANATHA MUSIC

5

BURNING LIGHTS

CHRIS TOMLIN

SIX STEPS

6

FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD

BETHEL LIVE

INTEGRITY MUSIC

7

CAMPFIRE

REND COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENT

INTEGRITY MUSIC

8

CORNERSTONE

HILLSONG LIVE

HILLSONG MUSIC

9

SING LIKE NEVER BEFORE - THE ESSENTIAL

MATT REDMAN

SIX STEPS

10

LIVE FROM NEW YORK

MARTIN SMITH/JESUS CULTURE

ELEVATION

11

HOMEMADE WORSHIP BY HANDMADE PEOPLE

REND COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENT

INTEGRITY MUSIC

12

A MESSENGER

COLTON DIXON

EMI

13

STILL BELIEVE

KIM WALKER-SMITH

ELEVATION

14

VOICE FROM ASSISI

FRIAR ALESSANDRO

DECCA

15

SOUL SURVIVOR & MOMENTUM - KINGDOM COME

VARIOUS ARTISTS

INTEGRITY MUSIC

16

CLASSIC FM - CAROLS FROM KING'S

KING'S COLLEGE CHOIR/WILLCOCKS

UCJ

17

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD - THE ESSENTIAL

CHRIS TOMLIN

SIX STEPS

18

RELEASE THE PANIC

RED

ESSENTIAL RECORDS

19

BE LIFTED HIGH

BETHEL LIVE

INTEGRITY MUSIC

20

MUM'S 50 FAVOURITE WORSHIP SONGS

VARIOUS ARTISTS

INTEGRITY MUSIC

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