Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s Royalty: Live at the Ryman bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart dated Oct. 10, marking her fifth leader.
In the tracking week ending Oct. 1, its first week of wide-release, the set earned 3,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The 17-track Royalty was initially intended to be recorded live in front of a crowd at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cobbs Leonard opted to record it at the historic setting without an audience.
Guest artists on the album include Kierra Sheard (on “You Must Break”) and contemporary Christian family group We the Kingdom (“God So Loved”).
Royalty is Cobbs Leonard’s first Top Gospel Albums No. 1 since Heart. Passion. Pursuit.: Live at Passion City Church, which began on top in November 2018. Her additional No. 1s: Heart. Passion. Pursuit., which started atop the survey in September 2017; One Place: Live, which debuted at No. 1 in September 2015; and EP Grace, which reached the summit in January 2014, after opening at No. 2 in February 2013.
DULANEY RULES RADIO Todd Dulaney nabs his fourth No. 1 on the Gospel Airplay chart as “Psalms 18 (I Will Call on the Name)” ascends 3-1, up 17% in weekly plays.
The song, which Dulaney co-wrote, marks the fourth No. 1 for the former professional baseball player, who played in the New York Mets organization before pursuing hits in the musical field.
Dulaney first reached No. 1 on Gospel Airplay in April 2016 with “The Anthem,” which reigned for six frames. He led again with “Your Great Name” (eight weeks starting in March 2018) and “You’re Doing It All Again,” featuring Nicole Harris (one week, September 2019).
‘NO STRANGER’ TO SUCCESS Natalie Grant earns her sixth top 10 on Top Christian Albums, and her biggest week in terms of equivalent album units, as No Stranger flies in at No. 2. In its launch week the album earned 33,000 units, with 32,000 in album sales.
Grant boasts two No. 1s on the tally, as her last two LPs opened in the penthouse: Be One in December 2015, with 17,000 units (16,000 sold), and Hurricane, which began at the apex in November 2013, also with 16,000 first-week sales.
Grant earned her first of six Top Christian Albums top 10s with her second entry Awaken, which reached No. 3 in July 2005.
KB’S 5TH TOP 10 KB adds his fifth Top Christian Albums top 10 as His Glory Alone begins at No. 4 (5,000 units).
The Christian hip-hop artist’s four additional top 10s are all No. 1s, all of which entered at the pole position, starting with his first entry, Weight & Glory in August 2012. He followed with EP 100 (March 2014); Tomorrow We Live (May 2015); and Today We Rebel (November 2017).