"Whoa, I am incredibly excited and honored that 'Graves Into Gardens' is No. 1," Elevation Worship's frontman Chris Brown tells Billboard. "We're so grateful to all the radio stations and listeners for the love and support of this song. We are thanking God that this message of resurrection and revival has touched the lives of so many."
On Hot Christian Songs, "Graves" completes a record-setting 46-week trek to the top. It passes Jeremy Camp's "Let It Fade," which crossed the finish line in its 34th week in May 2008.
"Graves dethrones Lauren Daigle's "You Say" atop Hot Christian Songs after the latter ruled for a record 116 nonconsecutive weeks beginning in July 2018.
"Graves" also becomes the first title to hit No. 1 on both Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay simultaneously since September 2013, when Mandisa's "Overcomer" spent its first of 10 weeks atop Hot Christian Songs and first of 12 atop Christian Airplay. The last song by a group to hit the pinnacle on both tallies at the same time was Passion's "One Thing Remains," featuring Kristian Stanfill, in December 2012.
CASTING CROWNS TIES TOP 10 RECORD Casting Crowns earns its 28th Hot Christian Songs top 10 as "Start Right Here" lifts 12-9, with 7.3 million airplay audience impressions, 909,000 streams and 1,000 sold.
The band ties Chris Tomlin for the most Hot Christian Songs top 10s among all artists since the chart started in 2003. MercyMe follows with 27.
SLOW-BURNING 'FIRE' Also on Hot Christian Songs, Hillsong United and Taya's "Another in the Fire" rises 11-10 (1.5 million streams, 1,000 sold), reaching the top 10 in its 63rd week, easily a new record for the longest trip to the chart's upper tier.
The former longest trip to the top 10 was 39 weeks, shared by Vertical Worship's "Yes I Will" and Elevation Worship's "O Come to the Altar."
"Fire" marks Hillsong United's fourth Hot Christian Songs top 10 and Taya's first as a soloist. Taya (full name Taya Smith) is a core member of Hillsong United and the lead singer on the collective's No. 1 "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which ruled for 61 weeks starting in December 2013 (the second-longest reign after Lauren Daigle's "You Say").