September 6, 2012
TobyMac Tops Billboard 200, First Christian Album at No. 1 in 15 Years
"Eye On It" is only the third Christian album ever to top the Billboard 200.
Fans of Christian artist TobyMac may remember him from his days as a member of DC Talk. In the late 1990s, DC Talk notched five appearances on the Billboard 200, the main U.S. album chart.
Now TobyMac has landed at the top, earning his first appearance in the No. 1 slot of the Billboard 200 this week. His latest album, "Eye On It," is only the third Christian album ever to reach the top spot.
The only other Christian albums to hit No. 1 were LeAnn Rimes' "You Light Up My Life -- Inspirational Songs" in November 1997, and Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)" in June 1997.
More recently, efforts from Christian artists Casting Crowns, Red, and David Crowder topped out in the No. 2 spot.
"Eye On It" is TobyMac's fifth studio album and has sold 69,000 copies, boosted by sales from Christian retailers.
CT reviewed "Eye On It" in August.