Elevation Worship climbs to No. 1 on BillboardThe Hot Christian Songs chart based on airplay, sales and streaming, plus Christian Airplay as “Graves Into Gardens,” featuring Brandon Lake, topped both lists dated Feb. 6.
Charlotte, NC-based Elevation Worship earns its first number 1 on every leaderboard. Lake, who is also a member of Bethel Music, scores her first No. 1 on each chart as a solo act.
“Graves” raises 2-1 on both counts. On Christian Airplay, it sports a 5% increase to 9.7 million viewership impressions in the week ending January 31, according to MRC Data. It also sold 2,000 downloads, as it rebounded for a fourth week to top Christian digital song sales, and amassed 2.6 million US streams in the frame ending Jan. 28.
“Whoa, I’m incredibly excited and honored to have ‘Graves Into Gardens’ number 1,” said Elevation Worship frontman Chris Brown. Billboard. “We are so grateful to all radio stations and listeners for the love and support of this song. We thank God that this message of resurrection and revival has touched the lives of so many people.
On Hot Christian Songs, “Graves” completes a record-breaking 46-week trek to the top. It tops Jeremy Camp’s “Let It Fade,” which crossed the finish line in its 34th week in May 2008.
Graves dethrones Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” atop Hot Christian Songs after the latter reigned for a record 116 non-consecutive weeks as of July 2018.
“Graves” also becomes the first track to reach No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay simultaneously since September 2013, when Mandisa’s “Overcomer” spent its first of 10 weeks at the top of Hot Christian Songs and the first of 12. at the top of Christian Airplay. The last song by a band to hit the top of both charts at the same time was Passion’s “One Thing Remains” featuring Kristian Stanfill in December 2012.
CASTING CROWNS ATTACH TOP 10 RECORD Casting Crowns earns its 28th top 10 Hot Christian Songs as “Start Right Here” lifts 12-9, with 7.3 million broadcast viewership impressions, 909,000 streams and 1,000 sold.
The group ties Chris Tomlin for the top 10 hottest Christian songs among any artist since the charts began in 2003. MercyMe follows with 27.
SLOW BURNING ‘FIRE’ Also on Hot Christian Songs, Hillsong United and Taya’s “Another in the Fire” climbs 11-10 (1.5 million streams, 1,000 sold), reaching the top 10 in its 63rd week, easily a new record for the longest trip to the top of the leaderboard. stage.
The former longest trip to the top 10 was 39 weeks, shared by Vertical Worship’s “Yes I Will” and Elevation Worship’s “O Come to the Altar”.
“Fire” marks Hillsong United’s fourth Hot Christian Songs top 10 and Taya’s first as a soloist. Taya (full name Taya Smith) is a core member of Hillsong United and the lead singer of the No. 1 collective “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”, which reigned for 61 weeks from December 2013 (the second longest reign). long after “You Say” by Lauren Daigle).