Donnie McClurkin, J.J. Hairston Score Gospel Chart No. 1s

Donnie McClurkin performs at Orpheum Theatre on March 16, 2013 in Los Angeles.
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Donnie McClurkin performs at Orpheum Theatre on March 16, 2013 in Los Angeles.

McClurkin earns his first Gospel Airplay leader since 2005 & Hairston notches his third No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums.

Donnie McClurkin achieves his first No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart in 12 years, as "I Need You" ascends 2-1 in its 46th week on the chart (dated April 1). It's McClurkin's second No. 1 overall. "I Call You Faithful" led for seven weeks starting on April 2, 2005.

"Need" additionally completes the longest trip to No. 1 since Gospel Airplay began on March 19, 2005. It just passes Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's "# War," which reached No. 1 in its 45th frame (Aug. 15, 2015).

On the multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart, "Need" jumps 6-2, marking McClurkin's highest rank since "Wait on the Lord" (also No. 2) in 2009. "Need" is the lead single from McClurkin's The Journey (Live), which debuted at No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums (Sept. 10, 2016).

"The Journey is the appropriate title for this project," McClurkin tells Billboard. "Along this journey, God has never ceased to amaze me, and the song 'I Need You' was a cry from my heart. I'm overjoyed that it's reached this success."

THEY DESERVE IT: Meanwhile, J.J Hairston & Youthful Praise's You Deserve It launches at No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums, earning 6,000 equivalent album units in its first week (ending March 16), according to Nielsen Music.

The choir collects its third leader, following I See Victory, which topped the chart dated Nov. 15, 2014, and After This (April 14, 2012).


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