The Year in Christian/Gospel Charts: Lauren Daigle, Tasha Cobbs Leonard Triumph


On the power of the splash that Lauren Daigle made together with her long-anticipated new album, Look Up Child and its first single, “You Say,” the singer-songwriter is Billboard’s Top Christian Artist for 2018. She can be the highest feminine Christian artist, whereas Look Up Child crowns the year-end Top Christian Albums recap.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are primarily based on chart efficiency throughout the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. Data registered earlier than or after a title’s chart run isn't thought of in these standings. That methodology element, and the December-to-November time interval, account for among the variations between these lists and the calendar-year recaps which can be independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

“If there may be something I've discovered on this life, it's that nothing is ever assured,” Daigle advised Billboard after listening to the information of her achievement. “We have to soak up every second as one in every of a sort and refuse the behavior of taking issues with no consideration. Upon making the file [Look Up Child], I may solely hope and have religion that this music and it’s message would carry past what I've seen earlier than. I’m so honored and grateful for the response of so many and mirror typically on the great thing about Look Up Child’s impression. Thank you to all who've continued to hold this album by means of the yr.” 

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Child, which was launched on Sept. 7, is the third studio album for the 27-year-old Daigle, from Lafayette, Louisiana, following her wildly profitable first set, 2015’s How Can it Be, which topped Top Christian Albums for 12 weeks. (How Can it Be ranks as 2018’s No. four Top Christian Album.) Plus, the vacation album Behold: A Christmas Collection, her second LP, debuted atop the Dec. 31, 2016 dated record, and has logged 5 weeks at No. 1. (It too is on the 2018 year-end Top Christian Albums roundup, at No. 27.)

Daigle made historical past in 2018, when on the Sept. 22-dated lists, she reigned on all 5 of Billboard’s primary weekly Christian charts concurrently, marking the primary time that any artist has achieved the fivefold feat.  

That week Daigle dominated Top Christian Albums with Look Up Child, which launched at No. 1, whereas the set’s lead single “You Say” was tops on Hot Christian Songs, Christian Airplay, Christian Streaming Songs and Christian Digital Song Sales. The tune finishes 2018 at No. 2 on the year-end Hot Christian Songs chart.

Cory Asbury is Top Male Christian Artist, ‘Reckless’ Top Christian Song: The high male Christian artist of 2018 in addition to the highest new Christian artist, is Cory Asbury of Bethel Music. His hit “Reckless Love” can be the most important tune this yr on Hot Christian Songs.

The 33-year-old singer-songwriter and worship chief, Asbury has been a part of the Bethel collective since 2015 and leads worship usually at their flagship church in Redding, California.

Asbury’s solo mission Reckless Love marked the artist’s first look on Top Christian Albums when it arrived atop the Feb. 1 dated tally. It finishes 2018 at No. 11 on the Top Christian Albums recap.

Reckless’ lead single, its title-track, hit No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs on March three, ruling the chart for 18 weeks. Over on Christian Airplay it rose to the summit on April 14 for its first of a 13-week reign, and closes 2018 because the year-end No. 1 Christian Airplay Songs title.

“Reckless” ranks because the No. three title for the yr on Christian Streaming Songs and the one tune within the high 5 that was launched in 2018. Skillet’s monster hit from 2009, “Monster” is No. 1 and Hillsong Worship’s 2017 smash “What a Beautiful Name” is No. 2.

‘Imagine’ That: MercyMe is Top Christian Duo/Group: Meanwhile, the highest Christian duo/group of 2018 is the veteran band MercyMe. Among all artists the group ranks at No. 2.

MercyMe’s efficiency was sparked by the discharge of the shock hit film, I Can Only Imagine. The film, which takes its title from the hit MercyMe tune, targeted on MercyMe frontman Bart Millard, who's portrayed onscreen by J. Michael Finley, with Dennis Quaid as his father.

The movie helped catapult the unique model of the tune, “I Can Only Imagine,” written by Millard and initially launched in 1999, to No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs whereas the replace, "I Can Only Imagine (The Movie Session)" peaked at No. 16.

“I Can Only Imagine” is the No. 9 tune on the year-end Hot Christian Songs chart, whereas one other MercyMe observe, “Grace Got You,” sits at No. 6.

“Grace Got You” reached No. three on the weekly Hot Christian Songs tally, and led Christian Airplay.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard is Top Gospel Artist: Meanwhile the Top Gospel Artist for 2018 is Tasha Cobbs Leonard, who additionally ranks because the main girl this yr.

Leonard's Heart. Passion. Pursuit.: Live at Passion City Church arrived within the Top Gospel Albums penthouse on Nov. 17 and is ranked as 2018’s No. 1 on the year-end Top Gospel Albums recap.

Recorded dwell at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Cobbs Leonard's fourth chief on the weekly Top Gospel Albums chart.

Cobbs Leonard’s efficiency was helped by hip-hop celebrity Nicki Minaj, who's featured on Cobbs Leonard’s "I'm Getting Ready.” It debuted at No. 1 on the Sept. 16, 2017-dated Hot Gospel Songs, then remaining on the chart till Sept. eight this yr. It finishes 2018 because the No. 9 title on the Hot Gospel Songs year-end chart.

The collaboration additionally finally ends up at No. 7 on the Gospel Airplay Songs recap.

Travis Green Leads Gents of Gospel: 2018’s high male gospel artist is Travis Greene, whose hit “You Waited” led Gospel Airplay for 9 frames after reaching the apex on Nov. 11, 2017. The R&B leaning ballad additionally reached No. 2 on Hot Gospel Songs (Nov. 11, 2017) and ranks because the No. 5 tune on the year-end Hot Gospel Songs recap.

Greene additionally locations a pair of albums within the year-end Top Gospel Albums tally, as The Hill and Crossover: Live From Music City rank at Nos. 6 and seven, respectively.

Concurrently, Greene was featured on two notable songs in 2018: Elevation Collective’s “Do it Again,” that includes Greene and Kierra Sheard reached No. 14 on each Hot Gospel Songs (Feb. 24) and Christian Airplay (Sept. 15).

Israel Houghton’s “Promise Keeper” that includes Greene, peaked at No. 24 on Hot Country Songs and No. 28 on Gospel Airplay, hitting peaks on each tallies on Sept. 22.

Koryn Hawthorne Finishes 2018 as Top New Gospel Artist: The high new gospel artist of 2018 is Koryn Hawthorne, who additionally ranks as the general No. 2 gospel artist of the yr.

Hawthorne, who will flip 21-years-old on Dec. 26, struck gold this yr together with her hit single “Won’t He Do It,” which first reached the Hot Gospel Songs summit on March three, turning into Hawthorne's second No. 1. As a finalist on the eighth season of NBC's The Voice, she first led with "How Great Thou Art," which she carried out on the present in 2015.

“Won’t He” is 2018’s No. 1 observe on each Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Airplay. Co-penned by Hawthorne, “Won’t He” spent a lot of the 2018 chart yr at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Gospel Songs chart. In its 26th week at No. 1, the observe grew to become the longest-running No. 1 by a girl within the tally’s historical past, surpassing Tamela Mann’s 25 week reign with “Take Me to the King.”

Finally, the highest gospel duo/group of 2018 is Anthony Brown & group therAPY. The act’s single “I Got That,” climbed to No. four on Hot Gospel Songs this yr (Oct. 20) and No. eight on Gospel Airplay (Nov. 10), its fifth high 10 on each surveys. The observe closes 2018 because the No. 6 title on the year-end Hot Gospel Songs record.