1. Francesca Battistelli: Hundred More Years (Deluxe Edition) – Christian Soul/Pop
Francesca Battistelli has already left a mark on the music industry since stepping onto the scene in 2008. She has been nominated for a Grammy (Best Gospel Performance) and has won six Dove Awards as well. Battistelli has two #1 Billboard Christian albums and has sold over 700,000 records. Her latest project Hundred More Years (Deluxe Edition) recently came out and includes five new records that have never been released on previous projects. The single “Strangely Dim” has been in rotation at plenty of Christian radio stations. If you enjoy a soulful/pop sound then you will enjoy Battistelli’s new album release, Hundred More Years.
2. Hillsong United: Zion– Worship
Hillsong United is undeniably the biggest worship group out there right now. The Australian band has multiple #1 Christian albums and is known for making high-quality worship music. Their third studio album, Zion, is currently #2 on iTunes Christian & Gospel charts. Hillsong United is known for their commitment to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, and connects with churches and individuals to God.
3. W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings) – Hip-Hop
Positive Christian Hip-Hop is permeating the music industry. It is exciting to watch so many Christian artists chart alongside mainstream heavy hitters. One of the new Christian hip-hop groups to make some noise on the scene is W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings). They are an urban all-star team that consists of Swoope, Christon Gray, Alex Faith and Dre Murray. Singing sensation Christon Gray shows off on the single “Long Way Down” featuring Dre Murray. Already a Christian Hip-Hop classic, the song has inspired people to check out the rest of the project. W.L.A.K. was the #1 iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap album and #3 overall, a huge achievement for a debut album.
4. Phil Perry: Say Yes – Jazz
Phil Perry, former member of The Montclairs, is a vocalist who has landed on Billboard’s R&B and contemporary charts quite a few times. On Say Yes producer Chip “Big Dog” Davis contributes and the result is a unique spin on vintage tracks with a dose of originals. The vibe of the album is geared towards adult contemporary and contemporary jazz audiences. If you are looking to get away from the norm on mainstream radio go sample Phil Perry’s Say Yes for a solid musical experience. It is currently number #4 on the iTunes Charts.
5.The Lumineers – Alternative
The Lumineers have quickly caught the attention of many with their debut self-titled project. This group has a respectable balance of country and gospel sounds but with their own spin. Their first record is currently in the top ten overall on iTunes and generating quite a buzz. Their single “Ho Hey” is considered the standout single.
6. Sho Baraka: Talented 10th – Christian Hip-Hop
Sho Baraka is a Billboard charting lyricist that has worked with several top tier artists like Lecrae, Trip Lee, Flame, After Edmund and more. Since releasing his first album, Turn My Life Up, under Reach Records, Baraka’s music has definitely changed. His new material encourages a discussion on topics not tackled very often by the Christian community. Sho’s junior album, Talented 10th, speaks on serious issues like manhood, racism and more. He makes it clear that his calling is to make a more mature type of music. His use of the N-word and B-word in the track “Jim Crow” caused many debates. Regardless of how you feel about Sho Baraka’s evolution, Talented 10th is considered to be his best project by many. Even mainstream websites like HipHopDX.com, Soul Train and more have covered it. Talented 10th was the #1 Gospel, #5 Christian and #12 Rap album on the Billboard charts.
7. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience – R&B
New music from Justin Timberlake has been anticipated for awhile now. He has become one of the most well-recognized faces in popular music. The Emmy and Grammy award-winning entertainer has established himself as one of the most commercially successful singers of all time. He is known for catchy hits like “Cry Me A River” and his latest effort “Suit and Tie” Featuring Jay-Z. It has been seven years since Timberlake has released an album, as he has focused his attention on his acting career. Those who love Justin’s R&B, pop and dance sounds will want to check out The 20/20 Experience just to hear the sonic excellence he is known for bringing.
8. Eric Clapton: Old Sock – Rock
When you think about who should be considered a rock legend, Eric Clapton usually comes to mind quickly. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Solo Artist, Member of Yardbirds, Member of Cream). He has garnered 17 Grammys and was listed in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Clapton returns to the music scene with his latest album, Old Sock. The project features 10 covers and 2 originals. “Gotta Get Over” is the single and it has the old school vibe that many love from him.
9. Chris Tomlin: Burning Lights – Contemporary Christian Music
Chris Tomlin is known for worship classics like “Our God,” “How Great is Our God” and “Holy is the Lord.” The Grammy award-winning composer has just released his eighth studio album, Burning Lights. If you want some more CCM stadium type tunes, then this is the album for you. His single “Whom Shall I Free (God of Angels Armies)” is a fan favorite.
10. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. : Love, Hope, War – Christian Hip-Hop
Grammy nominated and stellar award-winning rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. recently released his sixth studio album, Love, Hope, War, and it is one of the most popular urban Christian projects out now. It has an impressive supporting cast with artists like B.Reith, Thi’sl, FLAME, Trip Lee, Swoope, and Christon Gray. This record is commercial, but has substance that gives it a great balance.
Be sure to pick up one of these new albums today!