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Sundance Head Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs With 'Me and Jesus'

Sundance Head
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Sundance Head

The song marks the first chart-topping entrance in nearly a year. Plus, Lauren Daigle charts two in the top three of Top Christian Albums.

For the first time since January, an artist debuts atop Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. For his top-10 performance on NBC's The Voice (Nov. 28), Sundance Head, competing for Team Blake and now a top-eight finalist, performed "Me and Jesus," initially a No. 8 hit on Hot Country Songs for Tom T. Hall in 1972.

Following the show, Head's recording sold 28,000 downloads in the tracking week (ending Dec. 1), according to Nielsen Music, and bows at No. 1 on Christian Digital Song Sales, as well as Hot Christian Songs (dated Dec. 17).

Sundance Head is the son of country singer Roy Head, 75, who charted 24 titles on Hot Country Songs in 1974-85.

"Me and Jesus" marks the first No. 1 arrival on Hot Christian Songs since "Mary Did You Know," by Jordan Smith, season-nine champion of The Voice, crowned the survey upon its debut on Jan. 2, 2016. Smith debuted at the Hot Christian Songs summit with two additional performances from The Voice during season nine: "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" (Dec. 5, 2015) and "Hallelujah" (Dec. 19).

Also from season nine, Braiden Sunshine, who made it to the semifinal round, arrived at No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs with his version of "Amazing Grace" on the Dec. 26, 2015-dated chart.

TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD: Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle, Billboard's top Christian artist of 2016, places two titles in the top three of Top Christian Albums, the first such double-up in the region in more than a year.

Behold: A Christmas Collection, surges 5-2 (17,000 copies sold, up 138 percent), while her first full-length, How Can It Be, dips 2-3, although it increases by 43 percent to 16,000. No artist had charted two of the top three on Top Christian Albums in a week since Chris Tomlin, on the chart dated Nov. 28, 2015, when Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship held the No. 1 spot and Love Ran Red ranked at No. 3.

No solo female had achieved the feat in nearly 16 years: Yolanda Adams placed at No. 2 with Christmas With Yolanda Adams and No. 3 with Mountain High…Valley Low on Dec. 30, 2000. Surely helping Daigle's sales: She is currently on the road with for King & Country on the act's A for King & Country Christmas tour, which runs through Dec. 18 in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums for a third week is Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas. Grant's record 17th leader on the list rules with 17,000 sold (up 37 percent).