Jason Nelson's 'Forever' Tops Gospel Airplay Chart

Jason Nelson
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Jason Nelson

Plus, Koryn Hawthorne's reign continues, and Erica and Warryn Campbell have new chart 'life.'

Jason Nelson's "Forever" hops 4-1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart (dated Oct. 6), increasing by 10 percent in plays in the week ending Sept. 30, according to Nielsen Music.

"Forever," co-written by Nelson, is the singer-songwriter's third No. 1 and second in a row. It follows "I Am," which ruled Gospel Airplay for six weeks in 2015. Israel & New Breed's "It's Not Over (When God Is in It)," featuring Nelson and James Fortune, led for 11 weeks in 2013.

Nelson has hit the Gospel Airplay top five in each of his five visits. Beyond his three No. 1s, his first entry, "Shifting the Atmosphere," reached No. 2 in 2012 and "Nothing Without You" rose to No. 5 in 2013.

On the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Gospel Songs chart, "Forever" leaps 6-2 for a new peak.

"WON'T" LEADS STREAMING: Koryn Hawthorne's "Won't He Do It" rules Hot Gospel Songs for a 29th week. It also rises 3-1 on Gospel Streaming Songs, where it leads for its first week, becoming Hawthorne's first No. 1. The song reigns with a seven percent surge to 1.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Sept. 27 (up seven percent).

With 29 frames at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs, "Won't" moves into a tie as the third-longest-ruling hit with James Fortune & FIYA's "I Trust You" (2008-09). Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" dominated for a record 46 weeks starting in August 2007, while Kirk Franklin's "Wanna Be Happy" led for 45 frames starting in September 2015.

"LIFE" BEGINS: Erica Campbell and Warryn Campbell's new single "All of My Life" flies onto Hot Gospel Songs at No. 3. It enters Gospel Digital Song Sales at No. 1 (2,000 sold) and Gospel Airplay at No. 22.

The first duet for the husband-and-wife team marks the fifth Hot Gospel Songs top 10 for Erica Campbell, whose sum includes her lone No. 1, 2015's "I Luh God," featuring Big Shizz.

For Warryn Campbell, an accomplished producer, "Life" is his second Hot Gospel Songs entry and first top 10. He previously visited the survey in 2006 with the No. 40 peaking "… All Day," by The William Murphy Project featuring Warryn (then billed as Warryn "Baby Dub" Campbell).


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