Last week Bethel Music released their most successful worship yet with the highly anticipated We Will Not Be Shaken CD/DVD. In its debut week at retail, the album became the No. 9 bestseller on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, becoming the highest charting retail debut ever for Bethel Music (You Make Me Brave Hit No. 10 April 2014).
We Will Not Be Shaken also more than doubles Bethel Music's previous best-selling debut, selling nearly 30,000 copies plus an additional 24,797 singles. The recording also hit No. 1 on the Christian, Year To Date Christian and Praise and Worship Billboard retail charts, while breaking into the overall Top 5 during the week on iTunes® in the US (No. 2), Canada (No. 1) and Australia (No. 5), and hitting the Top 10 in Brazil and New Zealand, Top 20 in the UK, No. 56 in Germany, No. 61 in Spain and No. 62 in France. The album was further No. 1 in the UK on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart (as reported by Official Chart Company).
Bethel Music is a worship ministry that formed as an organic extension of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Over the last four years, Bethel Music has grown from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, over half a dozen albums, chart-topping songs, and both online and on-campus worship schools. The heart of Bethel Music is to be a steward of the worship being created and released at Bethel Church, making it a resource available to the world. In addition to thousands of people that attend Bethel's weekly worship services, another 150,000 plus people subscribe to the online stream of the services at www.ibethel.tv. More about Bethel Music can be found at www.bethelmusic.com.
Critics have been raving about the album. Here are snippets of what they have said of the album:
CCM Magazine says that "This is an album that simply soars above the rest."
NewReleaseTuesday.com continues, saying the new album features "anointed lyrics that are both emotionally stirring and grounded in truth alongside musical atmospheres that quiet the soul while simultaneously clearing space for God to speak."
JesusFreakHideout.com says that "the whole album has a magnificently peaceful ambiance that is layered with elegant instrumentation."
Hallels.com says that the album has "songs that are going to make the repertoire of many worship teams in months and years to come."
ChurchMag agrees that worship music "doesn't get better than this."
The Church Collective calls the album "pivotal" and says "tasteful synth, calming strings, deep lyrical content, catchy melodies and power anthems are the banners of this new record...pick up your copy and enjoy."