Donald Lawrence & Kirk Franklin Hit Milestones Atop Gospel Charts

DeWayne Rogers
Donald Lawrence

Lawrence leads Gospel Airplay & Franklin continues at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs.

Donald Lawrence banks his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart (dated Aug. 10) with "Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)," with the Tri-City Singers and featuring Le'Andria Johnson.

Lawrence had last led with solo track "The Gift," for a week in November 2013. The Tri-City Singers also collaborated on Lawrence's first three No. 1s: "The Blessing of Abraham," which reigned for 18 weeks in 2006; "Encourage Yourself" (13 weeks, 2007); and "Back II Eden" (one week, 2009; billed as Lawrence & Co.)

Lawrence ties James Fortune & FIYA for third place among acts with the most Gospel Airplay No. 1s. Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann share the lead with six each.

On the airplay-, streaming-, and sales-fueled Hot Gospel Songs chart, where "Deliver" has ranked at its No. 2 high for 10 weeks running, Franklin's "Love Theory" occupies the penthouse for a 27th week (as it's dethroned on Gospel Airplay by "Deliver" after a 15-week reign).

Franklin's "Theory" is the fifth No. 1 to dominate for over six months in the 14-year history of Hot Gospel Songs, trailing only Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" (46 weeks starting in August 2007); Franklin's "Wanna Be Happy?" (45 weeks, September 2015); Koryn Hawthorne's "Won't He Do It" (41 weeks, March 2018); and Fortune & FIYA's "I Trust You" (29 weeks, August 2008).

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