"I feel like Christmas came early," Sapp tells Billboard. "This season has been filled with uncertainty for so many of us, in so many ways. This song has been a centering force for me. It is great to know that it is helping others navigate these challenging times, as well. There is truly always a reason to thank God. I appreciate everyone who has supported this single."
On Hot Gospel Songs, "Thank You" climbs 2-1, with 306,000 U.S. streams (and a nominal sales sum) in the week ending Oct. 22, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It lifts 3-1 on Gospel Airplay, up 19% in plays in the airplay tracking week ending Oct. 25.
The song dethrones Kanye West's "Follow God" atop Hot Gospel Songs after the latter's 38-week reign beginning Nov. 9, 2019. Notably, this week marks the first time since the chart dated Feb. 9, 2019, that an act other than West or Kirk Franklin has ruled Hot Gospel Songs in a lead role. On the latter date, Franklin's "Love Theory" began its 44-week command.
West earned an additional Hot Gospel Songs leader between February 2019 and this week, as he and Franklin traded the top spot. West's "Wash Us in the Blood," featuring Travis Scott, led for eight frames starting in July 2019.
The last lead artist other than West or Franklin before Sapp's current coronation to top Hot Gospel Songs? Tori Kelly, for four weeks in January-February 2019 with "Never Alone," featuring none other than Franklin.
Meanwhile, Sapp stages the first simultaneous takeover atop Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Airplay in more than seven years. On Aug. 10, 2013, Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" began 26- and 27-week dominations on the respective surveys.
Sapp tops Hot Gospel Songs for the first time since "My Testimony" ruled for three weeks in June 2012. He'd last led Gospel Airplay with "Yes You Can" for two weeks in August 2015.