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Byron Cage Notches Second No. 1 on Gospel Airplay Chart With 'I Can't Give Up'

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Byron Cage

Plus, MercyMe achieves its 28th Hot Christian Songs top 10 and Gary LeVox makes his Christian chart debut.

Byron Cage nets his second No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart (dated April 3), as "I Can't Give Up" ascends to the summit. The song, which he wrote solo, increased by 12% in plays in the week ending March 28, according to MRC Data.

The Atlanta-based Cage last led Gospel Airplay in 2006, when his second entry, "I Will Bless the Lord," reigned for seven frames beginning that April.

Cage's 13 Gospel Airplay entries include seven top 10s. Before his new leader, "Oh How Good It Is" peaked at No. 10 last April.

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'SAY,' THAT'S QUITE A FEAT MercyMe rolls up its 28th top 10 on the multi-metric Hot Christian Songs survey, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, as "Say I Won't" lifts 11-10.

The song pushes 7-5 on Christian Airplay, up 6% to 7 million impressions, and drew 1 million U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week.

MercyMe ties Casting Crowns for the second-most Hot Christian Songs top 10s (since the chart began in 2003). The acts are one away from tying Chris Tomlin for the lead among all acts.

MercyMe's haul of top 10s includes a record 13 leaders.

LeVOX MAKES CHRISTIAN DEBUT Gary LeVox, lead singer and founding member of Rascal Flatts (along with Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney), makes his first appearance on Hot Christian Songs, as "The Distance" enters at No. 28. Co-penned by LeVox, the song, the first taste of an album that LeVox is set to release this year, opens with 285,000 streams and 1,000 sold.

Beginning in 2000, Rascal Flatts has rolled up 12 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs and 14 leaders on Country Airplay. The trio's current single, "How They Remember You," ranks at No. 13 on the latter list and No. 27 on the former.