For the second time in less than a year, a Christian album has topped the Billboard 200.
Chris Tomlin, a singer-songwriter who earlier this month led worship services at the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta, sold 73,000 copies of "Burning Lights," enough to land at No. 1 on the chart in a slow post-holiday release week.
In September, former D.C. Talk member TobyMac took the top spot with 69,000 sales of his album "Eye on It"; prior to that, Billboard's Keith Caulfield wrote in a detailed post Wednesday morning, Christian music hadn't visited No. 1 since
Yet Tomlin and TobyMac aren't the only faith-based musicians making commercial waves of late: In 2012, albums by Tenth Avenue North and Lecrae (who appears on "Burning Lights" in a track you can hear below) started inside the top 10 as well.
Also debuting this week are two flamboyant -- and considerably less wholesome -- heavy-metal outfits from L.A.:
The rest of the chart found several recent hits -- albums by