Danny Gokey attains his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart as Jesus People blasts in at the summit on the Sept. 4-dated survey. In its first week, ending Aug. 26, the set earned 10,000 equivalent album units, with 9,000 in album sales, according to MRC Data.
The third-place finalist in the 2009 season of American Idol previously led Top Christian Albums with Rise, which opened in the penthouse in February 2017, and his first full-length in the genre, Hope in Front of Me, which bowed at the apex in July 2014.
Gokey’s last LP before Jesus People, Haven’t Seen It Yet, opened at its No. 2 peak in April 2019, becoming his fourth of five top 10s. His holiday set Christmas Is Here peaked at No. 9 in December 2015.
Meanwhile, Christian alt-rock outfit Switchfoot posts its 11th Top Christian Albums top 10 as Interrobang enters at No. 6 with 4,000 units (3,000 in album sales). It’s the San Diego-based band’s first album since Native Tongue, which debuted at its No. 2 peak in February 2019.
Switchfoot has charted 16 entries on Top Christian Albums beginning in 1999, including six No. 1s. Its first leader, The Beautiful Letdown, ruled for 38 weeks in 2004-05, fueled by the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 crossover hits “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.”