The Hurt & The Healer’s First Week

Multi-Platinum Band MercyMe’s The Hurt & The Healer No. 1 on Billboard Christian Sales Chart, Lands Another Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

Project Also Dominates iTunes® Christian & Gospel Album Chart While Lead Single Tops Two Charts at Radio

Nashville, TN, May 30, 2012: Underscoring their long-standing popularity and appeal, the seventh studio album from multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer, has hit the Billboard 200 top albums chart in a big way, landing at No. 7. The album charted at just below Lionel Richie’s newest release and above Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones’ latest. The Hurt & The Healer entered at No. 1 on the Christian SoundScan chart. During its debut week, the album reached No. 10 on iTunes’® Overall Albums Chart and has crowned the iTunes® Christian Albums chart at No. 1 since its release on May 22.

In addition to their success at retail and stellar critical acclaim (Christianity Today, New Release Tuesday, Crosswalk /TheFish.com), MercyMe is also currently dominating at radio. The album’s title-track lead single is sitting high at No. 1 this week on two charts: Billboard Christian AC Indicator and Soft AC/Inspo, and rose to No. 2 at AC Monitored. “The Hurt & The Healer” also continues to climb quickly upward at CHR, spending this week at No. 11.

As the Grammy-nominated band celebrates their new album, MercyMe will visit markets across the country throughout the summer.

What Others Are Saying

Nashville, TN, May 23, 2012: One of Christian music’s biggest and most beloved acts, MercyMe bowed their brand-new project, The Hurt & The Healer, yesterday to a No. 1 debut on the iTunes® Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 10 (at No. 10) on its overall album chart. Furthermore, The Hurt & The Healer is getting a lot of love from all who listen, including critics from Christianity Today, Crosswalk, New Release Tuesday and more:

“The band’s latest full length is just as excellent as anything they’ve released. With a foundation of uplifting melodies and lyrics grounded in biblical themes, there’s hardly a down moment. Singer Bart Millard’s voice sounds as rich and strong as it ever has. MercyMe is clearly a band intent on making music to and for God, and for that their work will never return void.” – Christianity Today

“…the album hits its AC radio sweet spot head-on, while still attempting to take unexpected turns here and there. All the way around, Healer is sure to please, with enough diversity and pathos to continue to provide encouragement and inspiration to the fans who have made MercyMe one of the most beloved acts in Christian music.” – Crosswalk / TheFish.com

“The Hurt & The Healer knocks it out of the park…This incredible band has once again released their newest best album. It has a very warm musical style that will immediately soothe your soul and cause you to worship and sing along with these ultra-talented musicians. Don’t miss out on the compelling sonic musical feel of this stellar five star album.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

“MercyMe [has] created one of their most mature and lyrically profound of their career… [They] have crafted 10 tracks that take us on a musical journey that is one of the most rewarding of 2012. With plenty of rock songs to please the alternative genre, The Hurt and the Healer stretches musical boundaries to boldly assert its authority as one of this year’s standout albums…this album is not to be missed. Well done, MercyMe for such a captivating musical experience!” – Indie Vision Music

In addition to a stellar reception from the press, the title track continues to climb at a furious pace on the radio charts, claiming No. 1 on Soft AC/Inspo Indicator, and it’s also in the Top 5 at AC Monitored (No. 4) and NCA Monitored (No. 4).

The Hurt & The Healer on iTunes!

Today’s the day! The Hurt & The Healer – Single is officially available on iTunes. Here’ what we’d love. If you could head over to iTunes and get “The Hurt & The Healer – Single” and let us know what you think by rating the song right there on iTunes…. Unless you don’t like it… then just keep that to yourself.

Kidding.

Kind of.

Seriously, just go get it.

The Hurt & The Healer (Single)

::AUDIO REMOVED::

Here it is folks. For the next 24 hours this will be the ONLY place you can hear the new single “The Hurt And The Healer” from the upcoming album with the same name. The song should be going to radio soon, but we wanted to share it with you early.

We’ve been playing this song live for the past few nights on The Roadshow and we’re really excited about it. Let us know what you think in the comments.

-MM