Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin’s ‘Never Alone’ Hits No. 1 On Hot Gospel Songs Chart


Kelly lands her first chief and Franklin provides his sixth.

Tori Kelly's "Never Alone," that includes Kirk Franklin, ascends 2-1 on Billboard's streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Jan. 12), turning into Kelly's first chief on the checklist and Franklin's sixth.

The observe reigns in its 19th week with three.7 million in airplay viewers and 339,000 on-demand U.S. streams, in line with Nielsen Music.

"I'm so humbled that persons are loving and listening to this tune," Kelly tells Billboard. "It's superb to see a constructive response to one thing that got here straight from my coronary heart. I'm endlessly grateful."

Kelly and Franklin wrote the tune, whereas the latter additionally produced mother or father album Hiding Place, Kelly's first faith-based set. It arrived as her first No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart dated Sept. 29, 2018.

"Alone" additionally ranks at No. 21 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. Being dually promoted to each Gospel and Christian radio, it bullets at No. 21 on Gospel Airplay and No. 22 on Christian Airplay. It moreover revisits its No. 25 excessive on Adult R&B Songs, the place it's Kelly's first charted title and Franklin's 19th.

Franklin extends his mark for essentially the most No. 1s within the historical past of Hot Gospel Songs, which started in 2005. After Franklin's six, James Fortune & FIYA, Donald Lawrence, Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard observe with 4 apiece.

"Alone" dethrones Koryn Hawthorne's "Won't He Do It" atop Hot Gospel Songs. Hawthorne's second No. 1 first reached the summit final March and spent 41 weeks atop the checklist, the longest reign by a lady. Overall, solely two songs have led longer: Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It," for 46 frames beginning in 2007, and Franklin's "Wanna Be Happy?" (45 weeks, 2015-16).