Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart
The Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart is a music chart based on sales of albums of Contemporary Christian and gospel music in the UK. It is compiled weekly by the Official Charts Company, with each week's number one being announced on Mondays on their official website; the chart was launched on 11 March 2013 in partnership with Christian child development charity Compassion UK – the album at number one on the first chart was Zion by Hillsong United. The band's record label, Hillsong Music UK, remarked that they were "thrilled to be part of the launch of the first Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the UK"; the event launching the chart was hosted by David Grant, featured Martin Smith of Delirious? and the London Community Gospel Choir. The previous year, 600 new Christian music albums had been released in the UK; the chart is aired on Christian radio stations Premier Christian Radio on Tuesday afternoons at 5pm, on UCB UK on Thursday evenings at 10pm and Sunday evenings at 6pm.
List of number-one Billboard Christian Albums Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart Top 20 at the Official Charts Company
The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report, Australia's national charts since 1974; the Go-Set charts were Australia's first national singles and albums charts published from 5 October 1966 until 24 August 1974. Succeeding Go-Set, the Kent Music Report began issuing the national top 100 charts in Australia from May 1974; the compiler, David Kent published Australia's national charts from 1940–1974 in a retrospective fashion using state based data. In mid 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association commenced licensing the Kent Music Report chart; the first printed national top 50 chart available in record stores, branded the Countdown chart, was dated the week ending 10 July 1983. ARIA began compiling its own charts in-house from the chart survey dated 13 June 1988, corresponding with the printed top 50 chart dated week ending 26 June 1988.
Various artists compilation albums were included in the albums chart, as they had been on the Kent Report chart, until 2 July 1989, when a separate Compilations chart was created. The ARIA Report, detailing the top 100 singles and albums charts, was first available via subscription in January 1990; the printed top 50 chart ceased publication in June 1998, but resumed publication in the year. The printed top 50 chart again ceased publication at the end of 2000; the ARIA charts are based on data collected from digital retailers in Australia. Data of physical sales come from retailers such as Sanity and JB Hi-Fi, while data of digital sales come from online retailers such as iTunes. Since 17 February 1997, all physical sales data contributing towards the chart has been recorded electronically at point of sale. In March 1991, "Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons was the first single to reach #1 in Australia, not available on 7 inch vinyl, but cassingle only. Starting from 8 October 2006, due to low physical single sales at the time, the ARIA singles chart included online data as well as physical sales.
In 2006, it was announced that the Brazin retailing group, comprising major retailers HMV, Sanity and Virgin music/DVD stores would no longer contribute sales data to the ARIA charts. However, after a five-month absence, Brazin re-commenced contributing sales figures to the ARIA Charts on 26 November 2006; the ARIA website publishes the top 50 singles and albums charts, top 40 digital tracks chart, top 20 dance singles chart. The ARIA Report is available via paid e-mail subscription each week; these reports are uploaded to the Pandora Archive periodically. On 5 February 2006, the ARIA Chart Show was a radio program launched on the Nova network and broadcast throughout Australia, playing the official ARIA top 50 singles; the live music program was hosted by Jabba each Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. From 1 June 2013 to 3 September 2016, the Take 40 Australia radio program broadcast the official ARIA top 40 singles on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on each state's Hit Network-owned radio station.
The show was aired before the top 50 chart, dated for the following Monday, is published on the ARIA website at 6:00 pm. The charts were published online at 6:00 pm each Sunday. ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums Chart ARIA Top 50 Digital Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Digital Albums Chart ARIA Top 50 Streaming Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Club Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Urban Singles Chart ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Country Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Music DVDs Chart ARIA Top 25 Dance Singles Chart ARIA Top 25 Dance Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Singles Chart ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Compilation Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Jazz & Blues Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Classical/Crossover Albums Chart ARIA Top 10 Core Classical Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Singles Chart ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Albums Chart Yearly Top 100 End of Year charts profiling the year in music End of Decade Top 100 charts profiling the decade in music Pre-2000: 2000 to present: 2006 to present: Pre-2000: 2000 to present: 2016 to present: Music of Australia List of Australian chart achievements and milestones Official website Top 50 chart archives from June 1988 at australian-charts.com Top 100 chart archives from January 2001 at Pandora Archive
Elevation Church is a multi-site church pastored by Steven Furtick, based in Matthews, North Carolina. Elevation has 18 locations, with 9 in the Charlotte area, as well as locations in Raleigh. From 2007 through 2010, Elevation was cited by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 fastest growing churches in the United States; the church began as a church plant of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. As part of a church planting team and seven other families from Christ Covenant Church in Shelby, North Carolina, relocated to Matthews, meeting in Providence High School. On February 5, 2006, the first Sunday worship service, 121 people attended; as of 2018, the church reported a regular attendance of about 26,000 people. Services are held at nine Charlotte-area locations, as well as locations in North Carolina. Charlotte Area Campuses: Elevation Ballantyne –, a permanent facility with a 1,600-seat auditorium in the Ballantyne neighborhood. Elevation Blakeney – a permanent facility that serves as a performance arts center available for rental to the community.
Former broadcast location. Elevation Concord – meeting at Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, North Carolina. Elevation Gaston – meeting at Forestview High School in Gastonia, North Carolina. Elevation Lake Norman – a permanent facility in a renovated theatre in Cornelius. Elevation Matthews – a permanent facility in Matthews. Former broadcast location that serves as the church's headquarters. Elevation Riverwalk – a permanent facility in the Riverwalk development in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Elevation University City – a permanent facility in the University City area of Charlotte. Elevation Uptown – meeting at the McGlohon Theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Uptown Charlotte. Other Campuses: Elevation Asheville – meeting at Asheville High School in Asheville, North Carolina. Elevation Columbia – meeting at the USC Alumni Center in Columbia, SC. Elevation Melbourne – 4000 Digital Light Drive in Melbourne, FL Elevation Morrisville – meeting at the Goels Conference Center in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Elevation Raleigh – meeting at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina Elevation Roanoke – meeting at the Berglund Center near downtown Roanoke, VA Elevation Toronto – a permanent facility in Mississauga, Canada. Elevation Winston-Salem, – meeting at The Gateway YWCA in downtown Winston-Salem, North CarolinaExtension Sites Hickory - Meeting at Moretz Mills in Hickory, North Carolina. Greenville - Meeting at Eastside High School in Taylors, South Carolina. Past Campuses: Elevation Providence – Original location. Met at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina and was combined with the Blakeney campus after the Ballantyne location opened in 2016 Elevation Weddington – met at Weddington High School in Matthews, North Carolina and was combined with the Blakeney campus after the Ballantyne location opened in 2016 Elevation Butler – met at David W. Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina Elevation Levine – met for about 6 months at the Levine Senior Center in Matthews, North Carolina until the facility could no longer handle the crowd and the church moved back to Providence High School Since 2006, Elevation Church has given more than $10 million.
In 2011, a partnership with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was established to give 100,000 hours and $750,000 to serve Charlotte people in "The Orange Initiative." In 2012, the church completed The Orange Initiative with over 102,000 hours served. In 2008, Elevation Church gave out $40,000 to members, in envelopes filled with $5, $20 $1,000, told them to spend it kindly on others. Since 2010, Elevation Church has hosted a week-long outreach called "Love Week." During the church's 2010 "Love Week," Elevation members packed more than 10,000 sandwiches for the homeless, helped single mothers get their cars serviced, donated blood, cleaned up parks and streets, built a soccer field for local ministries and renovated buildings. In 2011, Elevation and over 25 other local churches served more than 34,000 hours in a single week. In 2012, Elevation partnered with 31 other churches to serve 62 outreach organizations for a total of 50,340 hours around the city of Charlotte, N. C.. Elevation partnered with Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews to help fund enhancements and expansion at a local free clinic.
In 2012, Elevation Church launched an initiative calling for members to mentoring a child for the 2012-2013 school year, with over 1,600 responding. The school outreach program was criticized in local LGBT media. Elevation Church—and, in particular, senior pastor Steven Furtick—have caused controversy over the church's lack of financial transparency, Furtick's personal wealth, questionable practices by the church. In 2013, Furtick and his wife built a large house on 19 acres of land in Waxhaw, NC, a suburb of Charlotte; the house and land are valued at just under $1.8 million. Furtick has stated that his home was paid for with money from his book sales and publisher advances, rather than his salary from Elevation Church; the church has refused to answer questions about Furtick's salary, his tax-free housing allowance, how much he makes from books and speaking fees, with Elevation only saying that Furtick is generous to the church with the money he receives from writing books, arranges for the church to purchase his books directly from the publisher at the author's discount and keep the money from sales, that the publisher pays the church to produce marketing materials to promote Furtick's books.
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Darlene Joyce Zschech is an Australian Pentecostal Christian worship leader and singer-songwriter who writes praise and worship songs. Described as a "pioneer of the modern worship movement", she is the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church and is a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith. Zschech started on television at the age of 10, as part of an Australian children's show, Happy Go Round; when she was 13, her parents divorced and the emotional stress of being on television and her parents' divorce resulted in her having bulimia for about four years. In 1980, when Zschech was 15, her father rededicated his life to Christ and began taking her to church, where she became a committed Christian and met her future husband, Mark Zschech; when they married, her husband suggested that they move from Brisbane to Sydney, confirmed at a small church they were visiting one Sunday when the guest speaker said in the middle of his sermon, "This doesn't happen to me often, but whatever it is you two prayed last night, God says do it now."
They began attending Hills Christian Life Centre. Zschech sang jingles for a number of international companies including McDonald's, KFC and Coca-Cola, until she joined the staff of Hillsong Church after penning "Shout to the Lord", she released a vinyl album in 1987 called "Make the Choice" and a cassette album in 1993 called Pearls & Gold. Zschech and her husband have three daughters, Amy and Zoe. In 2000 she had a miscarriage after 12 weeks. Shout to the Lord was nominated as Album of the Year for the 1997 Dove Awards and was nominated as Song of the Year for the 1998 Dove Awards. In 2000, Zschech received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and received the International Award for influence in praise and worship. In 2003, Zschech released her first official solo album. Change Your World followed in 2005, she has since released two albums, in 2011, called Simply Darlene and You Are Love. In addition to writing songs, she has written five books: Worship, Extravagant Worship, The Kiss of Heaven, The Great Generational Transition and Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional.
On 11 December 2013, Zschech was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a blog dated 30 November 2014, she wrote that she has been healed of cancer, which her doctor termed "quite miraculous". Zschech was the worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996 to 2007, during which time she served as producer, vocal producer or executive producer for more than 20 albums under the Hillsong Music label and wrote more than 80 published worship songs. Under Zschech's leadership, the album People Just Like Us was the first Christian album in Australia to go Gold as well as the first to go Platinum and the album For All You've Done debuted at #1 on the Australian Record Industry Association album charts. Zschech explained Hillsong Music's stance in her book Extravagant Worship in a prayer: "Father, let them get their eyes off of us. We just want to point them to you, because you are the Author of truth. You are the only One, to be praised."Zschech stepped down as worship pastor in 2007, but continued to write songs for Hillsong and to serve as senior worship leader on their live albums.
Reuben Morgan was appointed Hillsong worship pastor in 2008. In January 2011, Zschech and her husband, became senior pastors at Church Unlimited renamed Hope Unlimited Church, in Charmhaven on the Central Coast. In April 2004, the Zschech family visited Rwanda and were inspired to launch "Hope Rwanda: 100 Days of Hope", a faith-based global initiative that provided hygiene options and education for the citizens of Rwanda, which morphed into Hope Global. According to the official website, Hope Global exists to "offer practical solutions to countries devastated by war and poverty." It has major centres in Rwanda, Uganda and Cambodia, runs long-term development projects, such as Hope Education and the Village of Hope, has hosted Parramatta Eels trips to Rwanda with CEO Paul Osborne. Zschech composed "Shout to the Lord" in 1993 and it has become one of the most well-known modern worship songs, being sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers every Sunday since the song's release, she wrote the song during a time of personal struggle.
When she presented it to Hillsong's then-worship pastor, Geoff Bullock, she was so embarrassed that she requested he face away from her as she played and sang."Shout to the Lord" was first recorded on People Just Like Us and has appeared on more than 200 different albums by numerous artists in multiple languages. It is the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music featuring Zschech as a worship leader, it was Integrity Music's first album to feature a female worship leader. The album was nominated for the 1997 Dove Awards "Praise & Worship Album of the Year" at the Gospel Music Awards; the song was nominated in the 1998 Dove Awards "Song of the Year" category. It has been performed for the Pope for the President of the United States. On the global impact of "Shout to the Lord", Zschech said, "I can't take any credit for its impact. God decided to put his blessing on this song." Songs written or co-written by Zschech include: The following is a list by year of albums or single tracks which feature Zschech as a prominent vocalist or worship leader.
List of Hillsong albums Official website Darlene Zschech's channel on YouTube
A phonograph record is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. At first, the discs were made from shellac. In recent decades, records have sometimes been called vinyl records, or vinyl; the phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had superseded it by around 1912. Records retained the largest market share when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed. By the 1980s, digital media, in the form of the compact disc, had gained a larger market share, the vinyl record left the mainstream in 1991. Since the 1990s, records continue to be manufactured and sold on a smaller scale, are used by disc jockeys and released by artists in dance music genres, listened to by a growing niche market of audiophiles; the phonograph record has made a notable niche resurgence in the early 21st century – 9.2 million records were sold in the U.
S. in 2014, a 260% increase since 2009. In the UK sales have increased five-fold from 2009 to 2014; as of 2017, 48 record pressing facilities remain worldwide, 18 in the United States and 30 in other countries. The increased popularity of vinyl has led to the investment in new and modern record-pressing machines. Only two producers of lacquers remain: Apollo Masters in California, MDC in Japan. Phonograph records are described by their diameter in inches, the rotational speed in revolutions per minute at which they are played, their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed. Vinyl records may be scratched or warped if stored incorrectly but if they are not exposed to high heat, carelessly handled or broken, a vinyl record has the potential to last for centuries; the large cover are valued by collectors and artists for the space given for visual expression when it comes to the long play vinyl LP. The phonautograph, patented by Léon Scott in 1857, used a vibrating diaphragm and stylus to graphically record sound waves as tracings on sheets of paper, purely for visual analysis and without any intent of playing them back.
In the 2000s, these tracings were first scanned by audio engineers and digitally converted into audible sound. Phonautograms of singing and speech made by Scott in 1860 were played back as sound for the first time in 2008. Along with a tuning fork tone and unintelligible snippets recorded as early as 1857, these are the earliest known recordings of sound. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Unlike the phonautograph, it could both record and reproduce sound. Despite the similarity of name, there is no documentary evidence that Edison's phonograph was based on Scott's phonautograph. Edison first tried recording sound on a wax-impregnated paper tape, with the idea of creating a "telephone repeater" analogous to the telegraph repeater he had been working on. Although the visible results made him confident that sound could be physically recorded and reproduced, his notes do not indicate that he reproduced sound before his first experiment in which he used tinfoil as a recording medium several months later.
The tinfoil was wrapped around a grooved metal cylinder and a sound-vibrated stylus indented the tinfoil while the cylinder was rotated. The recording could be played back immediately; the Scientific American article that introduced the tinfoil phonograph to the public mentioned Marey and Barlow as well as Scott as creators of devices for recording but not reproducing sound. Edison invented variations of the phonograph that used tape and disc formats. Numerous applications for the phonograph were envisioned, but although it enjoyed a brief vogue as a startling novelty at public demonstrations, the tinfoil phonograph proved too crude to be put to any practical use. A decade Edison developed a improved phonograph that used a hollow wax cylinder instead of a foil sheet; this proved to be both a better-sounding and far more useful and durable device. The wax phonograph cylinder created the recorded sound market at the end of the 1880s and dominated it through the early years of the 20th century. Lateral-cut disc records were developed in the United States by Emile Berliner, who named his system the "gramophone", distinguishing it from Edison's wax cylinder "phonograph" and American Graphophone's wax cylinder "graphophone".
Berliner's earliest discs, first marketed in 1889, only in Europe, were 12.5 cm in diameter, were played with a small hand-propelled machine. Both the records and the machine were adequate only for use as a toy or curiosity, due to the limited sound quality. In the United States in 1894, under the Berliner Gramophone trademark, Berliner started marketing records of 7 inches diameter with somewhat more substantial entertainment value, along with somewhat more substantial gramophones to play them. Berliner's records had poor sound quality compared to wax cylinders, but his manufacturing associate Eldridge R. Johnson improved it. Abandoning Berliner's "Gramophone" tradem
Israel Houghton is an American Christian music singer, songwriter and worship leader. Houghton is credited as Israel & New Breed. Houghton produced an album by Michael Gungor, Bigger Than My Imagination, described as "one of the year's best worship albums" in a 2003 Christianity Today review. 2002: "Champions for Christ" – Hi5 2004: "Where Are the Fathers?" from He-Motions 2003: "Send Me to the Nations" from A Wing & A Prayer 2002: We Speak to Nations 2003: Cover the Earth 2006: The Gift: A Christmas Presentation 2007: Free to Worship 2007: Moving Forward 2008: Hope For Today Worship 2009: Free Chapel Live: Power of the Cross 2009: New Breed Live: Generation Love 2011: Echo: Forward Conference 2014: Covenant Worship: Kingdom 2018: “DeMaskUs” Among the awards that Houghton has won includes six Grammy Awards. Houghton was married to Meleasa Houghton from 1994 until they separated in 2015, with the divorce being finalized on February 22, 2016. Together they have two sons. On November 11, 2016, Houghton married singer and TV personality Adrienne Bailon in Paris, after several months of dating.
Powell, Mark Allan. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. P. 438. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. Official website Biography by Israel's Label CBN Interview with Israel Houghton Israel & New Breed at AllMusic Israel Houghton on IMDb
Contemporary worship music
Contemporary worship music known as praise and worship music, is a defined genre of Christian music used in contemporary worship. It is stylistically similar to pop music; the songs are referred to as "praise songs" or "worship songs" and are led by a "worship band" or "praise team", with either a guitarist or pianist leading. It has become a common genre of music sung in many churches in charismatic or non-denominational Protestant churches with some Roman Catholic congregations incorporating it into their mass as well. In the early 1950s, the Taizé Community in France started to attract youths from several religious denominations with worship hymns based on modern melodies. In the mid-20th century, Christian Unions in university environments hosted evangelistic talks and provided biblical teaching for their members, Christian cafés opened with evangelistic aims, church youth groups were set up. Amateur musicians from these groups began playing Christian music in a popular idiom; some Christians felt that the Church needed to break from its stereotype as being structured and dull to appeal to the younger generation.
By borrowing the conventions of popular music, the antithesis of this stereotype, the Church restated the claims of the Bible through Christian lyrics, thus sent the message that Christianity was not outdated or irrelevant. The Joystrings were one of the first Christian pop groups to appear on television, in Salvation Army uniform, playing Christian beat music. Churches began to adopt the styles for corporate worship; these early songs for communal singing were characteristically simple. Youth Praise, published in 1966, was one of the first and most famous collections of these songs and was compiled and edited by Michael Baughen and published by the Jubilate Group; as of the early 1990s, songs such as "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High", "Shine, Shine" and "Shout to the Lord" had been accepted in many churches. Integrity Media, Maranatha! Music and Vineyard were publishing newer styles of music. Supporters of traditional worship hoped the newer styles were a fad, while younger people cited Psalms 96:1, "Sing to the Lord a new song".
Prior to the late 1990s, many felt that Sunday morning was a time for hymns, young people could have their music on the other six days. A "modern worship renaissance" helped make it clear any musical style was acceptable if true believers were using it to praise God; the changes resulted from the Cutting Edge recordings by the band Delirious?, the Passion Conferences and their music, the Exodus project of Michael W. Smith, the band Sonicflood. Contemporary worship music became an integral part of Contemporary Christian music. More songs are displayed using projectors on screens at the front of the church, this has enabled greater physical freedom, a faster rate of turnover in the material being sung. Important propagators of CWM over the past 25 years include Vineyard Music, Hillsong Worship, Bethel Music, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture and Soul Survivor; as CWM is related to the charismatic movement, the lyrics and some musical features reflect its theology. In particular the charismatic movement is characterised by its emphasis on the Holy Spirit, through a personal encounter and relationship with God, that can be summed up in agape love.
Lyrically, the informal, sometimes intimate, language of relationship is employed. The terms'You' and'I’ are used rather than'God' and'we', lyrics such as,'I, I'm desperate for You', and'Hungry I come to You for I know You satisfy, I am empty but I know Your love does not run dry' both exemplify the similarity of the lyrics of some CWM to popular love songs. Slang is used on occasion and imperatives, demonstrating the friendly, informal terms charismatic theology encourages for relating to God personally. A physical response is included in the lyrics; this couples with the use of popular rhythm in the songs to encourage full body worship. The metaphorical language of the lyrics is subjective, therefore does risk being misinterpreted. Just as in secular popular and rock relationships and feelings are central topics, so in CWM association to a personal relationship with God and free expression are emphasised; as in traditional hymnody, some images, such as captivity and freedom and death, romance and sacrifice, are employed to facilitate relationship with God.
Beginning in the 2010s, contemporary worship music with a distinctly theological lyric focus blending hymns and worship songs with contemporary rhythms & instrumentation, began to emerge in the Baptist and more traditional non-denominational branches of Protestant Christianity. Artists include well-known groups such as Shane & Shane, Aaron Peterson, modern hymn-writers, Keith & Kristyn Getty as well as others like Sovereign Grace Music, Matt Boswell, Aaron Keyes. By the late 2010s, the format had gained sizable traction in many churches and other areas in culture as well as being heard in CCM collections & musical algorithms on several internet streaming services. Because, in common with hymns, such music is sung communally, there can be a practical and theological emphasis on its accessibility, to enable every member of the congregation to participate in a corporate act of worship; this manifests in simple, easy-to-pick-up melodies in a mid-vocal range.