Rudy Currence & Chrisette Michele Top Gospel Airplay With ‘No Greater Love’
Rudy Currence and Chrisette Michele‘s “No Greater Love” ascends to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart (dated April 23). In the week ending April 17, the song increased by 14% in plays, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.
It’s the second No. 1 for Currence and the first for Michele in her maiden appearance. Currence solely wrote and produced it.
“Although ‘cancel culture’ seems to be a trend, ‘No Greater Love’ reminds us that even after our mistakes and failures, there is still room for grace,” Currence tells Billboard. “We’ve all been in need of a second chance and even when we falter, it’s comforting to know that God’s unfailing love is readily available to us.”
As for Michele, who grew up on Long Island in Patchogue, N.Y., the veteran R&B singer’s Gospel Airplay coronation follows her 2009 Billboard 200 No. 1 Epiphany, her sophomore set. The set also ruled Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, where she has tallied five top 10s, through 2016’s Milestone.
Sibling duo for King & Country, comprising Luke and Joel Smallbone, nets its 18th top 10 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart as “For God Is With Us” rises 12-10.
On Christian Airplay, the song pushes 10-8 for a new high, up 4% to 6.2 million impressions. It also drew 991,000 U.S. streams and sold 600 downloads in the tracking week.
The song follows “Relate,” which became the pair’s first Hot Christian Songs No. 1 when it started a three week reign on the Feb. 12-dated ranking. On Christian Airplay, “Relate” also dominated for three frames, starting last December, becoming the act’s 10th No. 1 and record-extending seventh in a row (encompassing songs promoted as proper radio singles).
Plus, For King & Country is featured on the Smallbones’ older sister Rebecca St. James’ “Kingdom Come,” which pushes to a new Christian Airplay high (30-27). On Hot Christian Songs, it climbs 50-46. St. James has logged eight Hot Christian Songs entries, including one top 10, “I Thank You,” which reached No. 2 in 2003.
Rudy Currence & Chrisette Michele Top Gospel Airplay With ‘No Greater Love’ Rudy Currence and Chrisette Michele‘s “No Greater Love” ascends to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart (dated April 23). In the week ending April 17, the song increased by 14% in plays, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. It’s the second No. 1…
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