'MercyMe, It's Christmas!' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's holiday albums chart
Current American Music Award nominees MercyMe will appear on the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, live from New York City and airing on NBC.
With an expected 3.5 million spectators along the route and 50 million viewers tuning in, the parade will air from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26). MercyMe will join such notable talent as Mariah Carey, Cirque du Soleil and Pat Benatar for what has become one of America's favorite holiday traditions.
Just prior to heading to NYC, MercyMe will perform during Atlanta's annual "Great Tree Lighting" at Macy's Buckhead Lenox Store before a crowd of nearly 45,000. The event will be broadcast live on WSB Atlanta (ABC), with subsequent replays over the course of the holiday weekend.
The Christmas season started early for MercyMe this year when "MercyMe, It's Christmas!", the band's sophomore Christmas offering, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's holiday albums chart, just following the RIAA Gold certification of their 2011 project, "The Generous Mr. Lovewell."
MercyMe's hit single "Flawless" has been No. 1 for 11 weeks and counting on the Billboard Christian AC chart while also topping the Billboard national Christian audience chart. After the band wraps its "Greater Than Tour" in mid-November, it will head out for a special run of Christmas shows. For more information on the tour, visit mercyme.org/tour.
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 8.5 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered 27 No. 1 multiformat Christian 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." Their recent single, "Greater," held the No. 1 spot at Christian radio for 16 weeks.
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. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian songs and Christian AC songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents.
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