Big Daddy Weave Makes Big Move; Anita Wilson's 'Best of My Love' Remake Hits Gospel Chart Top 10
Christian rock band Big Daddy Weave lands in the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart (dated Nov. 14) with "My Story" (11-9). The lead track from the group's seventh studio album Beautiful Offerings is the act's 14th top 10, moving it into a tie for sixth place for the most top 10s in the chart's 12-year history, after Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin (22 each), MercyMe (21), Jeremy Camp (19) and tobyMac (16). Beautiful Offerings rebounds 26-20 on Top Christian Albums after debuting Oct. 10 at No. 4.
"We just celebrated our 17th anniversary as a band," frontman Mike Weaver tells Billboard. "We're so thankful to the listeners and our friends at Christian radio for graciously supporting us through the years. We feel blessed. We pray our songs continue to encourage people in their journey."
On Hot Gospel Songs, Anita Wilson notches her first top 10 as "You Love Me (Best of My Love)," her fourth entry on the survey, marches 13-10. She'd previously reached No. 14 in 2013 with "Jesus Will." Her current uptempo pop hit samples the Emotions' 1977 five-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Best of My Love." In Wilson's "Best," which bullets at its No. 14 high on Gospel Airplay, up by 15 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music, "Anita's passion, love and respect of classic R&B shines through," says Motown Gospel vp/gm Larry Blackwell.