People (Hillsong United album)

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People
Hillsong United - People.png
Live album by
Released26 April 2019 (2019-04-26)
VenueSydney
GenreContemporary worship music
Length73:23
LabelHillsong, Capitol CMG
ProducerJoel Houston, Michael Guy Chislett
Hillsong United chronology
Wonder
(2017)
People
(2019)

People is the fourteenth live album from Australian contemporary worship music band Hillsong United, a worship band from Hillsong Church. The album was recorded on 18 November 2018 at Hills Campus in Sydney and released on 26 April 2019, under Hillsong Music and Capitol Christian Music Group. To promote the album, Hillsong United toured the United States for the first time in three years,[1] and also released an accompanying film.[2] The album debuted at No. 6 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, No. 2 on the US Billboard 200,[3] as well as the Canadian Albums Chart.

Background[edit]

Joel Houston, leader of Hillsong United, stated that part of the message of the album is "accepting that we are flawed – but that God is madly in love with us".[1] Jonathan Douglass further explained that the title of the album is "self-explanatory", saying its intention is "to connect with people and actually unite people".[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Australia, People debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at No. 6.[5]

In the United States, People sold 107,000 equivalent album units in its opening week, thus debuting at No. 2 on the mainstream Billboard 200 chart (dated 2 May)[6] Being their third top ten appearance on Billboard 200, the album is the highest ranking appearance for Hillsong United on the chart beating out the No. 5 debuts by Empires (2015) and Zion (2013), while breaking their best sales week record, formerly held by Empires.[3] The album concurrently registered at No. 1 on Billboard Christian Albums chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Worship leader(s)Length
1."Ready or Not"
  • Joel Houston
  • Taya Gaukrodger
  • Jad Gillies
5:52
2."Here's to the One"
  • Matt Crocker
  • Houston
  • Benjamin Hastings
  • Aodhan King
  • Dylan Thomas
Jonathon Douglass3:36
3."Might Sound Wild"
  • Crocker
  • Houston
  • Matt Crocker
  • Joel Houston
6:15
4."Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)"
  • Houston
  • King
  • Taya Gaukrodger
  • Aodhan King
7:29
5."As You Find Me"
  • Houston
  • Crocker
  • Hastings
  • Tulele Faletolu
  • Taya Gaukrodger
  • Matt Crocker
8:42
6."Clean"
  • Michael Fatkin
  • Taya Gaukrodger
  • Hannah Hobbs
Taya Gaukrodger2:28
7."Starts and Ends"
  • Joel Houston
  • Brooke Ligertwood
8:10
8."Highlands (Song of Ascent)"
  • Houston
  • Hastings
Benjamin Hastings6:30
9."Holy Ground"
  • Crocker
  • Hastings
  • Ben Fielding
  • King
Matt Crocker5:33
10."Another in the Fire"
  • Chris Davenport
  • Houston
  • Chris Davenport
  • Joel Houston
6:33
11."Good Grace"HoustonJoel Houston5:53
12."Echoes (Till We See the Other Side)"
  • Hastings
  • Houston
  • Fielding
  • Joel Houston
  • Benjamin Hastings
6:22
Total length:73:23

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 6
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[9] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 19
US Billboard 200[12] 2
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "People: Hillsong UNITED's new 2019 album". Eden.co.uk. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ Longs, Herb (29 April 2019). "Hillsong UNITED Releases 'PEOPLE' Album & Concert Film". The Christian Beat. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b McIntyre, Hugh (7 May 2019). "Pink, Hillsong United, Schoolboy Q And AJR Debut New Albums Inside The Top 10". Forbes. Retrieved 9 May 2019. Behind Pink’s Hurts 2B Human comes Christian musical act Hillsong United, whose latest project People debuts at No. 2 with 107,000 equivalent units—just 8,000 equivalent copies behind the pop star. People, a live album, marks Hillsong United’s highest-ranking appearance on the Billboard 200 and their third top 10. They previously peaked at No. 5 with a pair of studio recordings, Zion and Empires. Of that 107,000 total, 101,000 were actual sales, which gives them the bestselling title of the week, though Pink bested them when it comes to streams.
  4. ^ Elizabeth, Lindsay (26 April 2019). "Hillsong United Has a Surprisingly Intense Vetting Process for Each and Every Song". Faithwire. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Hurts 2B Human gives P!nk sixth #1 album | ARIA Charts". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019. #6: Hillsong United ‘People’ – Worship band Hillsong United return to the chart with the live album People. Recorded in Sydney, it becomes the group’s eighth Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. They last charted with Wonder (#4 Jun. ’17).
  6. ^ Caulfield, Keith (6 May 2019). "Pink's 'Hurts 2B Human' Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart | Billboard". Billboard. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ Longs, Herb (6 May 2019). "Hillsong UNITED's 'PEOPLE' Album Breaks Record During Debut Week". The Christian Beat. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Billboard Canadian Albums". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  10. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Hillsong United – People". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Hillsong United Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Hillsong United Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2019.