Skillet Headed For Possible Top Three Debut

by VVN Music

The Christian rock band Skillet look to be extending their run of top five album debuts with their latest, Unleashed.

The band released their first, self titled album in 1996, not even making the Christian Album charts. Their second set, Hey You, I Love Your Soul! charted at 25 but it wasn't until album five, 2001's Alien Youth, that they both broke into the Christian top ten and made it to the Billboard 200.

In 2009, their eighth album, Awake, put them into the mainstream, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on Christian Albums. They followed with Rise (2013 / #4 / #1 Christian).

Hits Daily Double currently has the new Skillet album sitting at number 3 on its Sales Plus Streaming chart with 88% of the data for the week reported. The current sales sit at an estimated 30,000, just 3,000 behind the new Now 59 album. The soundtrack to Suicide Squad is firmly at the top with 74,500 in unit sales.

The Skillet album is also the only debut by a veteran artist showing up in Hits Daily Double's top 50 sales chart. Older albums by Keith Urban, Prince, Blink-182, Keith Sweat, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses and Maxwell also remain in the top 50.

When streaming is added to sales, Skillet still remains at number 3; however, Drake's Views is within 2,000 and may overtake the album.

The final Hits Daily Double projections will be out tomorrow while the final Billboard charts will be published Tuesday.

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