One other act that specializes in religious music has landed a #1 album: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir scored in January 1960 with The Lord's Prayer.
Eye On It is the first album since Rimes' You Light Up My Life to reach #1 on both The Billboard 200 and Top Christian Albums. Butterfly Kisses (Shades Of Grace) also topped both charts. Streisand's Higher Ground did not, I guess because she's Jewish.
Four Contemporary Christian groups debuted and peaked at #2 in recent years: Casting Crowns (with 2007's The Altar And The Door and 2011's Come To The Well), Underoath (with 2006's Define The Great Line), Skillet (with 2009's Awake), Red (with 2011's Until We Have Faces) and David Crowder Band (with Give Us Rest in January).
Eye On It sold 35K digital copies this week (out of 69K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
Loopy item of the week: Slaughterhouse has now climbed higher than the unrelated rock band Slaughter, whose 1992 album The Wild Life reached #8.
Welcome To Our House is the second #2 album so far this year album with a title that begins with the words "Welcome To." (What are the odds?) The first was Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl.
Pop Quiz: Five other albums with titles beginning with the words "Welcome To" have made the top 10. How many of them can you name? Answer below.
Morissette and Dion had the top two best-selling albums of 1996 with Jagged Little Pill and Falling Into You, respectively.
Pill re-enters the chart this week at #198. It has sold 14,774,000 copies. It's the third best-selling album since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard. It trails Metallica's Metallica (15,814,000) and Shania Twain's Come On Over (15,520,000).
Havoc And Bright Lights is Morissette's second album with a title that alludes to tumult. The first was 2004's So-Called Chaos.
Quiz Answer: Following up on my item about Slaughterhouse's Welcome To Our House, the other top 10 albums with titles beginning with the words "Welcome To" are Welcome To The LBJ Ranch! (#3 in 1965), Alice Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare (#5 in 1975), Mr. Mister's Welcome To The Real World (#1 in 1986), Damian Marley's Welcome To Jamrock (#7 in 2005), Danity Kane's Welcome To The Dollhouse (#1 in 2008) and Kenny Chesney's aforementioned Welcome To The Fishbowl (#2 in 2012).
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: TobyMac's Eye On It debuts at #1 (69K). It's the Contemporary Christian artist's third top 10 album; his first #1…Slaughterhouse's Welcome To Our House debuts at #2 (52K). It's the rap group's first top 10 album…. Trey Songz's Chapter V drops from #1 to #3 in its second week (41K)… Now 43 dips from #3 to #4 in its fourth week (41K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Alanis Morissette's Havoc And Bright Lights debuts at #5 (33K). It's her sixth top 10 album.
The Second Five: Maroon 5's Overexposed holds at #6 for the second week in its 10th week (31K). This is its ninth week in the top 10… 2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story drops from #2 to #7 in its third week (29K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Carrie Underwood's Blown Away rebounds from #21 to #8 in its 18th week (28K). This is its seventh week in the top 10….fun's Some Nights rebounds from #11 to #9 in its 28th week (25K). This is its fourth week in the top 10... Adele's 21 rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 80th week (23K). This is its 79th week in the top 10.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. DJ Khaled's Kiss The Ring drops from #4 to #17, Justin Bieber's Believe drops from #5 to #13, Owl City's The Midsummer Station dives from #7 to #40, Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't drops from #8 to #14, Tenth Avenue North's The Struggle plummets from #9 to #49 and One Direction's Up All Night drops from #10 to #12.
The quiet power of Contemporary Christian music is also seen in Chris Tomlin's And If Our God Is For Us…, which jumps from #68 to #20 in its 39th week. The album debuted and peaked at #17 in November 2010. The album jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. It's Tomlin's fourth album to reach #1 on the catalog chart since March 2010. It follows See The Morning, Hello Love and Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs Of Worship.
The Sparkle soundtrack drops from #25 to #50 in its fifth week. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fifth week. The soundtrack from the original Sparkle was the top-ranking soundtrack for 20 weeks in 1976.
Lionel Richie's Tuskegee, which drops from #20 to #67 in its 23rd week, tops the 1 million mark in sales this week. It's the third album to hit that milestone so far this year. It follows Adele's 21 (3,912,000) and One Direction's Up All Night (1,158,000).
One Direction's Up All Night: The Live Tour is #1 on Top Music Videos for the 14th week. That's the longest run at #1 for a video by any group since Creed's Greatest Hits held the top spot for 14 weeks from April 2006 to August 2007. Up All Night sold 7K copies this week, bringing its 14-week total to 283K.
The Possession was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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