The official sales numbers are in. Billboard reports that 47,000 copies of Empires were sold in its first week, making it Hillsong United's best sales week ever.
Those sales give the Christian ensemble its second Top 10 Album.
Empires debuts at #1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, #5 on Billboard's Top 200 and #2 on the Digital Albums chart. The album also remained in the Top 5 peaking at #2 on the iTunes overall albums during street week. .
United's leader, Joel Houston, says Empires is an "honest" album featuring "songs that seek to listen first, and then with God's breath speak the good news reality of Jesus and His grace". He continued, "Empires is the story of two worlds, this broken and fragile world we see here and now, and the unshakeable and mysterious reality of the Kingdom we can't see."
If you haven't already done so, pick up your copy of Empires todayon iTunes.