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Casting Crowns' Come to the Well Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — On the heels of its recent American Music Award nomination, multi-platinum, award-winning artist Casting Crowns is this week’s highest debut on the Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2.

Come to the Well additionally topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, while also claiming No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on its Overall Albums chart. Lead single “Courageous”, landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs chart as well.

Casting Crowns’ fourth studio release, Come to the Well sold an extraordinary 99,138 copies this week. Such a showing earned Come to the Well the highest charting position for a debut album on the Billboard Top 200. Furthermore, the project dominated the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, where Casting Crowns’ Nov. 3, 2009 release, Until the Whole World Hears, also charted at No. 4.

In addition, Casting Crowns celebrates a No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart with hit radio single “Courageous”, added only 10 weeks ago. The occasion marks Casting Crowns’ second No. 1 song in six months, following “Glorious Day” which was No. 1 at AC in April 2011.

Other factors driving Casting Crowns’ momentum are multiple sold out tour dates, Mark Hall’s recent book release, high profile media coverage including a lead feature in Billboard Magazine, an American Music Award nomination – the band’s sixth - and the support of its more than two million Facebook fans.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was impressed by early buzz anticipating the album’s strong debut. In his Oct. 20 blog post he singled out the band saying, “Congrats guys! You’re quite blessed!” Read the post in its entirety.

Produced by Mark A. Miller, Come to the Well is Casting Crowns’ first new studio album in two years. As with previous records this one draws inspiration from the band’s ministry efforts at its home church, Eagles Landing Baptist Church, outside of Atlanta, where frontman Mark Hall serves as youth pastor. The project is filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk. Hall collaborated on several of the tracks with top songwriters including Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, and award-winning country songwriter
Tom Douglas.

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