The UK’s first Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart was launched this evening (March 11) by the Official Charts Company in partnership with Compassion.
The first Number 1 on the new sales-based rundown is claimed by Australian Christian rockers Hillsong United with their latest studio album, Zion. The critically-acclaimed album, 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, it had already topped Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart, and debuted in the Top 5 of the US’ Billboard Chart.
“We are honoured that our album, Zion, has reached Number 1 on the UK’s first Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart,” the band told OfficialCharts.com. “We would like to thank all those who have supported Hillsong United. It’s 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.”
The Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart will be published every Monday on OfficialCharts.com here and will be broadcast on leading Christian digital stations Premier Radio and UCB.
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