Burning Lights is Tomlin’s 12th album; his second to make the top 10. Hello Love hit #9 in September 2008. Tomlin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his 2010 album And If Our God Is For Us… He has won 17 Dove Awards (the top honor in the Christian music field).
The Fine Print: Two inspirational albums by superstar artists reached #1 in 1997, but they were more secular than religious in content (and the artists are far better known for their secular releases). They are LeAnn Rimes’ You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs and Barbra Streisand’s Higher Ground.
Loopy Item of the Week: Lily Tomlin was riding the chart with her comedy album And That’s The Truth on May 4, 1972, when Chris Tomlin (no relation) was born in Grand Saline, Tex.
Hollywood Undead’s Notes From The Underground debuts at #2. It’s the band’s second top five album. American Tragedy hit #4 in April 2011.
Les Miz is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fourth week. The movie was nominated for eight Oscars last week, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). In a related note, Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Concert returns to #1 on Top Music Videos. Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas and Norm Lewis were among the stars of the October 2010 concert presentation. The DVD spent four weeks at #1 in the spring of 2011.
Taylor Swift’s Red dips from #3 to #4 in its 12th week. It has ranked in the top five the entire time. The album is #1 on Top Country Albums for the 12th week. It’s the first album to spend its first 12 weeks at #1 on the country chart since Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now stayed on top for its first 24 weeks on top in 2010.
Dropkick Murphys’ Signed & Sealed In Blood debuts at #9. It’s the band’s second top 10 album in a row, following Going Out In Style (#6 in 2011).
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights debuts at #1 (73K). It’s his second top 10 album…Hollywood Undead’s Notes From The Underground debuts at #2 (53K). It’s the band’s second top five album…The Les Miserables soundtrack drops from #1 to #3 in its fourth week (52K). This is its third week in the top 10… Taylor Swift’s Red dips from #3 to #4 in its 12th week (49K). It has ranked in the top five the entire time… The Pitch Perfect soundtrack jumps from #7 to #5 in its 12th chart week (45K). This is its third week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox dips from #5 to #6 in its fifth week (42K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time…Black Veil Brides’ Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones debuts at #7 (42K). It’s the band’s first top 10 album…The Lumineers’ The Lumineers dips from #7 to #8 in its 41st week (37K). This is its third week in the top 10…Dropkick Murphys’ Signed & Sealed In Blood debuts at #9 (33K). It’s the band’s second top 10 album…One Direction’s Take Me Home drops from #5 to #10 in its ninth week (29K).
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Mumford & Sons’ Babel drops from #2 to #11… Phillip Phillips’ The World From The Side Of The Moon drops from #4 to #14… Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire drops from #9 to #22… Pink’s The Truth About Love drops from #10 to #12.
Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans jumps from #69 to #65 in its 117th week. The album logs its second week at #1 on Top Catalog Albums.
Emile Sande’s Our Version Of Events returns to #1 on The Official U.K. chart. This is its eighth week on top.
Zero Dark Thirty rose to #1 at the box-office in its fourth weekend.
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