Zion, the latest and third album from contemporary Christian and alternative rock band Hillsong United, is also now the group's most commercially successful album after striking gold with a mainstream audience and debuting at the number five spot on Billboard's 200 chart on Friday. It is also number one on Billboard's Christian Album chart.
The only albums currently ranking higher than Zion on the mainstream music chart are Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, Amok by Atoms for Peace, Babel by Mumford and Sons and The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
In a message on Friday to fans on Twitter, the group wrote: "Thank you all for your support getting Zion into the top 5 on the USA top 200 Billboard charts//We appreciate you all." more >>
Curtis Finch Jr., a 24-year-old "American Idol" contestant, left judges praising God after his rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly" on the Fox singing competition Wednesday night.
Finch is a St. Louis, Mo. native who made his appearance on the singing competition with his rendition of the gospel song "God Is Able." He managed to bring the judges to their feet during the men's semifinal portion of the competition on season 12 of the show.
Keith Urban, an "American Idol" judge and country music singer-songwriter, told Finch that he brought something godly to the competition after his performance. more >>
Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, who shot to fame in 2012 with her hit single "Call Me Maybe," has cancelled her planned performance at the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree in West Virginia in July over the Boy Scout's ban on gay members.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Jepsen declared on Twitter.
"I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level, and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe," the 27-year-old singer from British Columbia continued. more >>
Professional golfers Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan – otherwise known as the "Golf Boys" – are back with a new video in an effort to raise awareness about the world's clean water crisis.
The video, titled "2.Oh" and released online Monday, features the "four hopelessly tone-def and rhythm deprived golfers" rapping over a booming bass about adventures on the golf course, things that rhyme with their names and causing mayhem.
In one part of the video, the men rhyme: more >>
Martin Smith, the former front man for Delirious?, has announced the release date of his first solo album "God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01."
Scheduled for release on April 23, Smith's first full-length solo debut will include 12 songs "born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers," a press release explained.
Smith spent almost 20 years as the vocalist and guitarist for Delirious? before he and his wife decided to get back to worship ministry in Brighton, a coastal town south of London. Martin admitted that adjusting to a normal life after spending years onstage was difficult. more >>
Bizzle, a Christian rapper who recently released the album "Best of Both Worlds," is opening up about how the Lord decided to open up doors in his career. Once he stopped pursuing worldly riches and decided to adopt the phrase "God Over Money," he says he's been blessed.
Bizzle, a California native who was born Mark Felder, recently decided to take to his YouTube channel God Over Money, where he shared his complete testimony for the first time. While the rapper said he once made money selling drugs and women for monetary gain, the former pimp explained how one prostitute made him realize how far he had gotten from God.
"[The prostitute] gave me like $700, just put it in my hand. The money came so quick and so easy that within two days I had like $1300 in my wallet," Bizzle revealed. "Not only that, I went and I hid it in my Bible. It was so twisted. That was probably the furthest I had been for God in life and it caused me to get the closest I had ever been to him in life." more >>