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Crowder, Tauren Wells & Koryn Hawthorne Hit No. 1 on Christian/Gospel Charts

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Eric Brown

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Wells makes history as the first artist to rank at Nos. 1 & 2 simultaneously on Christian Airplay.

Singer-songwriter Crowder scores his second No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart, as "All My Hope," featuring Tauren Wells, ascends 2-1 (on the chart dated March 17). The song increases by 3 percent to 9 million audience impressions in the week ending March 11, according to Nielsen Music.

On the Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, "Hope" holds at its No. 3 peak.

For Crowder (aka, David Crowder, former frontman of David Crowder Band), the hymn-like "Hope," which he co-wrote with Ed Cash, is his second Christian Airplay No. 1. "Come as You Are" topped the chart dated March 21, 2015, for its first of two weeks atop the tally.

"Hope" is Well's' first No. 1 and, with his solo track "When We Pray" climbing back to its No. 2 peak on Christian Airplay (4-2; 8 million, up 6 percent), he makes history as the first artist to claim the Nos. 1 and 2 rankings simultaneously on the survey, which launched on June 21, 2003.

Lauren Daigle came close to the feat when she placed holiday tracks at Nos. 2 and 3 on the chart dated Jan. 7, 2017 ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Jingle Bells," respectively). The only other artist to have claimed two of the top three in a week is former American Idol finalist Mandisa (Jan. 5, 2008, also fueled by holiday fare).

Meanwhile, over on Gospel Airplay, Koryn Hawthorne, a finalist from season 8 of NBC's The Voice in 2015, achieves her first No. 1 on the chart as her debut single "Won't He Do It" lifts 2-1.

On the multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart, "Won't" rents the penthouse for a third week. It rules Gospel Digital Song Sales for a fourth frame (1,000 downloads sold, up 10 percent).

"I'm super-grateful for the support from radio and from the fans who phone in their requests," Hawthorne tells Billboard. "I am honored beyond words. This is truly a dream come true. God is better than good."

Hawthorne's Gospel Airplay coronation marks the first for a female soloist's first charted single since Casey J's "Fill Me Up," which reigned for 14 weeks beginning on Feb. 14, 2015.

On Hot Gospel Songs, "Won't" is Hawthorne's second No. 1. She first ruled in 2015 with her version of the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art," which arrived at the summit.


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