The debut album of Irish worship band Bluetree hit No. 1 on the Christian Retail and Praise & Worship charts for a second consecutive week and moved up 12 positions on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.
"Since writing ['God Of This City'], the band's momentum has been nothing but fast and furious," remarked Gospel Music Channel, referring to the hit song that vaulted the band into international popularity.
God Of This City, the album, was first released in September 2007 and picked up late January 2008 by Fierce! Records for U.K. distribution. It debuted in the United States on Mar. 3, and went No. 1 on the Christian Retail and Praise & Worship charts shortly after.
"What makes this really incredible is that these figures are for the 2 weeks prior to the general release," the five-man group reported after it snagged the top spots last week.
"[W]e are stunned at this and excited to see what unfolds as the album gets out there," they added.
Before the release of their debut album, Bluetree was already well known for its hit song "God Of This City," which was covered by worship leader Chris Tomlin on two albums and became the name and theme for the latest project and world tour of the Passion movement led by Louie Giglio.
Today, aside from being sung in church services around the globe, "God Of This City" has become an R&R Most Added hit single in the United States.
"We are so excited about the future," Bluetree stated. "God is opening up great opportunities for the band."
The band's music style has been described as a convergence of worship, rock, and technology that crosses Chris Tomlin, Delirious? and the David Crowder Band with "the alternative aura of Oasis," as ChristianMusicToday.com put it.
In May 2009 the band plans to launch their charity "Stand Out International," which directly rescues kids out of the sex industry.
"Bluetree [is] excited about Standing Out International," they told fans Monday.