Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser Top Christian Airplay Chart With 'Raise a Hallelujah'

Rachel Soh
Bethel Music

Plus, Kirk Franklin's 'Love Theory' leads Hot Gospel Songs chart for a 29th week.

"Raise a Hallelujah" by worship music collective Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser rises 2-1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart (dated Aug. 24), up 9% to 12.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

All three acts earn their first Christian Airplay leader, with the husband-wife team of the Helsers having been part of Bethel Music since 2014.

The couple co-wrote the song with Molly Skaggs and Jake Stevens for Jaxon Taylor, son of Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor, who was in a life-threatening situation caused by an E. coli infection. Thankfully, he's okay now, having since recovered.

"When we wrote this song, it was simply a prayer for God to heal a little boy who was in a fight for his life," Jonathan Helser tells Billboard. "We would have never imagined that this song would one day become an anthem for so many."

Also on Christian Airplay, Lauren Daigle lands her 11th top 10 as "Rescue" lifts 11-8 (8.4 million, up 10%). Among women, Daigle's sum trails only Mandisa's (13 top 10s) and Francesca Battistelli's (12); Chris Tomlin leads all artists with 27 top 10s.

Plus, Kirk Franklin's "Love Theory" leads Hot Gospel Songs for a 29th week, tying for the fourth-longest reign in the chart's history with James Fortune & FIYA's "I Trust You" (2008-09). Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" is the longevity leader with 46 weeks at No. 1 in 2007-08, followed by Franklin's "Wanna Be Happy?" (45 weeks, 2015-16) and Koryn Hawthorne's "Won't He Do It" (41 weeks, 2018-19).


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