His cover of "Hallelujah" dethrones his own "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
Top-five finalist on NBC’s The Voice Jordan Smith adds a second No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart (dated Dec. 19), as his version of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 classic "Hallelujah" makes a historic opening at the summit. Smith, a 22-year-old student at Lee University (in Cleveland, Tenn.), performed the song on The Voice Monday, Nov. 30, and its recording bows with 68,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at the summit on Christian Digital Songs and No. 6 on the all-genre Digital Songs tally.
"Hallelujah" is Smith's second entry on Hot Christian Songs and his second No. 1, replacing his first leader, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," which falls 1-8 after two weeks on top. Since Hot Christian Songs launched in June 2003, Smith is the first artist to directly succeed himself at No. 1.