With the release of the DVD of the Christian movie "I Can Only Imagine," MercyMe's latest album I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe enjoys an increase in sales of 40 percent, earning 11,000 equivalent album units. The album continues to reign at #1 on Billboard's Christian Album chart for the 14th week.
"I Can Only Imagine" is a major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song "I Can Only Imagine" after the loss of his father opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions).
Concurrently, MercyMe's latest studio LP Lifer climbs 3-2 on Top Christian Albums (4,000 units, up 24 percent); the set opened at No. 1 on April 22, 2017, and has spent nine weeks at the summit. MercyMe is the first act to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Top Christian Albums since Feb. 14, 2009, when Gaither Vocal Band debuted in the top two spots with Reunion Volume One and Reunion Volume Two, respectively.
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 57 No. 1 multi-format radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with "I Can Only Imagine," (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), "Here With Me" (No. 4 AC), "Homesick" (Top 10 AC) and "So Long Self." MercyMe made history in 2014 as "I Can Only Imagine" surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain.
LIFER is available at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.
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