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Ryan Stevenson Earns His First No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs Chart With 'Eye of the Storm'

Ryan Stevenson
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Ryan Stevenson

Singer-songwriter Ryan Stevenson achieves his first No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs, as his co-written "Eye of the Storm" (featuring DJ GabeReal, who also earns his first leader) rises 2-1 on the chart dated Aug. 6. The track was up in all three metrics measured for the chart: sales, airplay and streams. 

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Concurrently, the single spends a second week at No. 1 on Christian Airplay, up by 14 percent to 11 million audience impressions in the week ending July 24, according to Nielsen Music, and rises 3-2 on Christian Digital Songs (7,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 21, up 12 percent). It also climbs 3-2 on Christian Digital Songs (7,000 sold; up 12 percent). The tune has yet to reach the Christian Streaming Songs tally.

"Storm" is the third single from Stevenson's first full-length album, Fresh Start, following "Not Forgotten" (featuring tobyMac) and "All Yours," which peaked at Nos. 30 and 27, respectively, on Christian Airplay. Fresh Start has so far peaked at No. 45 on the Top Christian Albums chart.

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