GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock band RELIENT K's album, Air For Free, is the best selling Christian album right now. The band claims their fifth No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, as Air For Free debuts atop the list dated Aug. 13. The set, which is the rock band's eighth studio effort, sold 9,000 copies in the week ending July 28, according to Nielsen Music. All five of the group's No. 1s have debuted in the penthouse.
The act's previous set, 2013's Collapsible Lung, launched at its No. 2 peak, selling 16,000 copies in its first week. The band's strongest first-week sales performer was their fifth LP, Five Score and Seven Years Ago. It opened atop the chart dated March 24, 2007, with 64,000 copies sold.
Relient K formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matthew Thiessen and Matt Hoopes. The band has reached critical success with mainstream pop punk and alternative rock. The band's sound incorporates piano and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Relient K has released nine studio albums, seven EPs, two Christmas albums, and one collection of rarities. Relient K is best known commercially for the band's two studio albums which peaked in the top 15 of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. After signing with Capitol Records, the group broke into the mainstream in 2004 with the release of Mmhmm, which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200. In 2007, the group's fifth album, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, brought the most success for Relient K, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The band has sold over 3 million records, with two albums being given gold certification and one album platinum by the RIAA.