MercyMe Makes Record-Extending ‘News’ at No. 1 On Christian Airplay Chart

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Plus, Crowder’s newest prime 10.

MercyMe banks its 16th No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart, as "Best News Ever" rises 2-1 (on the checklist dated March 9), up 6 p.c to 10.6 million viewers impressions within the week ending March three, based on Nielsen Music.

MercyMe extends its report for probably the most No. 1s within the 15-year historical past of the chart; Casting Crowns is second with 10, adopted by Jeremy Camp, tobyMac and Matthew West, every with 9. MercyMe, which shaped in 1994, scored its first No. 1 when "Word of God Speak" topped the Aug. 16, 2003-dated rating (two months after the checklist's launch) and reigned for 23 weeks, the longest rule within the chart's archives.

On Hot Christian Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and gross sales information, "News" bumps 7-6 for a brand new peak.

Plus, Crowder (aka, David Crowder, former frontman of David Crowder Band) nets his fifth prime 10 on Hot Christian Songs and sixth on Christian Airplay, as "Red Letters" pushes 11-10 on each charts, sparked by its three p.c acquire to six.6 million in radio attain. The music additionally surged by 46 p.c to 752,000 on-demand U.S. streams.

Crowder's single simply earlier than "Letters," "All My Hope," paced Christian Airplay for 2 weeks in March, changing into his second No. 1, after "Come as You Are" (two weeks, 2015).