Skooter reporting 09/8/12
Secured at the top spot on the Billboard 200 Wednesday was Christian singer TobyMac's "Eye on It”. This is the third time ever that a Christian album struck No.1 on the main U.S. album chart.
In its first week alone, "Eye on It" sold 69,000 copies, the first Christian disc since 1997 to score the top spot on the Billboard 200, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
TobyMac, 47, who was one of the first Christian rappers, also debuted at No.1 on the Christian Albums chart. “Eye On It” is his fifth studio album and the sales were pushed by Christian retailers and bookstores, Nielsen SoundScan said.
His accomplishment puts him in the group of country star You Light Up My Life", brighten up the Billboard chart in 1997, and Bob Carlisle, who score two weeks at No.1 in the same year with "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)"., whose inspiring record "
Somewhere else the Billboard 200 was packed by the usual mix of hip-hop, rock and pop music.
Hip-hop group Slaughterhouse’s first appearance placed at No.2 with "Welcome to Our House" pushing rapper Trey Songz' "Chapter V" dropped to third place and fourth place the "Now 43" hits collection.
The No. 5 spot garnering 33,000 sales belongs to Canadian-born singer Alanis Morissette's new album "Havoc and Bright Lights.”
Country-pop crossover artistheld on to the top spot for a third week with a single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on the digital songs chart
So far U.S. album sales for 2012 set at 197.4 million units, down four percent from the same point in 2011.