The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

Christian singer Chris Tomlin tops Billboard album chart


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as his album, Burning Lights, became the fourth Christian album to top the charts.

Tomlin, 40, who scored his first mainstream No. 1 album, sold 73,000 units in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

It was the first time a Christian album rose to No. 1 since hip-hop and pop artist tobyMac's Eye On It in September 2012.

Billboard credited Tomlin's strong performance to sales related to churches and a college Christian conference in Atlanta that drew about 60,000 attendees. Some 40 percent of all sales came from those sources, Billboard said.