Back in their homeland Australia, Hillsong UNITED's brand new album Wonder occupied the coveted #1 spot on the Australian iTunes last Friday afternoon when the album was released. This means the Australian megachurch band had outsold Katy Perry who also had a new album Witness released on the same day. Though Perry's new set did regain momentum, it still remains to be seen who will get the top spot by the end of the charting week.
The previous UNITED album Empires sold around 7,000 copies in its first week of release two years ago. This was enough to beat the return of Daniel Johns, the former singer/songwriter of the band Silverchair. Therefore, if Wonder were to debut at #1, it would be the band's fourth No.1 on the Aria Album Charts.
"Have we lost the Wonder?" asked Joel Houston, front man for the modest Australia-born band that has since become an international phenomenon.
Explaining intrinsically what it means further, Houston continues, "The hope, the imagination to dream, to believe, the tenderness to listen and lead first with mercy, the grace to empathize, the courage to trust, the fearlessness to love without pretense or condition. To see beyond the facts without dismissing them. To respond beyond the fear without reciprocating it. To sing beyond the noise, without adding to it. This is the challenge, and this is what worship- if worship can be summed up as an expression of art and music and story- is ultimately designed to do. To elevate the conversation, re-awaken the soul to something other, and lift our eyes to the wonder of a superlative truth."