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New Lifetime Biopic Sparks The Clark Sisters on Billboard's Gospel Charts

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The Clark Sisters, (L-R) Jacky Clark Chisholm, Dorinda Clark Cole and Karen Clark Sheard perform onstage during the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2008 in Los Angeles.

The group ranks at Nos. 2 & 3 on Top Gospel Albums.

Iconic gospel quartet The Clark Sisters were given the spotlight with a biopic chronicling their story, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, which premiered on the Lifetime TV network on April 11.

Launched in their hometown of Detroit in 1980, The Clark Sisters comprise siblings Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Karen Clark Sheard and Twinkie Clark. (The act was first a quintet; Denise Clark Bradford left in 1986.)

Following the film's arrival, the group posts two titles in the top three of Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated April 25), while the film's soundtrack also starts in the top 10.

The act's Live…One Last Time re-enters at No. 2 with 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The 2007 set stands as the group's lone No. 1, having led for two weeks that spring.

The outfit's latest set, The Return, which debuted at No. 2 on the March 28-dated list, re-enters at No. 3. The LP is the foursome's first album of new music since 2009's holiday release The Clark Sisters' Family Christmas and includes an appearance from Snoop Dogg, who is featured on the track "His Love."

Meanwhile, the soundtrack from the new TV movie debuts at No. 8. The set sports tracks by the film's stars, Kierra Sheard (daughter of The Clark Sisters' Karen), Christina Bell, Sheléa Frazier, Raven Goodwin and Angela Birchett.

On the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Gospel Songs chart, the group's "You Brought the Sunshine" debuts at No. 11. The track is from Live…One Last Time, while its studio recording was initially released in 1983, when it hit No. 16 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 27 on Dance Club Songs.

(As the movie chronicles, "Sunshine" was played in discos such as New York City's Studio 54 back in the day, which caused some ripples for The Clark Sisters in the gospel church community.)

The live version of "Sunshine" soared by 519% to 314,000 U.S. streams and 697% to 1,000 sold in the week ending April 16.

On Gospel Digital Song Sales, another track from Live, "Blessed and Highly Favored," debuts (with 1,000 sold), marking The Clark Sisters' first No. 1 on the chart, among nine top 10s. It enters Hot Gospel Songs at No. 15.

The Clark Sisters boast seven titles in the Gospel Digital Song Sales top 10, becoming one of only four acts to achieve the feat in the list's decade-long history. Kanye West inhabited the entire tier on Nov. 9, 2019, becoming the only artist to do so; Lecrae landed seven on Sept. 27, 2014; and Whitney Houston also filled seven of the 10 positions on Feb. 25 and March 3, 2012, after she passed away that Feb. 11.