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Zach Williams Tops Christian Songs Charts as New LP Debuts

Zach Williams
Eric Brown

Zach Williams

Williams leads Hot Christian Songs & Christian Airplay with "Chain Breaker," the title track from his new full-length album.

"Chain Breaker," Zach Williams' first Christian music single, returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay charts (dated Jan. 14), while his new LP of the same name debuts on Top Christian Albums.

On Hot Christian Songs, the song rebounds 3-1 for a fifth week on top. As radio stations put their Christmas music in storage, "Chain" flies 5-1 for a ninth frame atop Christian Airplay, vaulting 236 percent to 10 million impressions in the week ending Jan. 1, according to Nielsen Music; it supplants the prior week's leader: Matt Maher's holiday single "Glory (Let There Be Peace)."

Williams, who formerly fronted Zach Williams & The Reformation, concurrently bows at No. 27 (1,000 sold) on Top Christian Albums with his first full-length, Chain Breaker. The set is an upgrade of his same-named EP, which reached No. 20 in November.

"Chain Breaker" dethrones Skillet's "Feel Invincible" (1-2) on Hot Christian Songs. The latter track became the rock band's first leader on the list (dated Jan. 7) among 25 entries dating to its first in 2006.

HAIL, CAESAR: Meanwhile, Shirley Caesar's "Hold My Mule," featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson, leads Hot Gospel Songs for a fourth week, fueled by a 320 percent surge to 3.3 million U.S. streams. The song was likely aided by ultimately erroneous buzz that Caesar was suing DJ Suede the Remix God for his update of "Mule" that sparked memes and the 1988 song's resurgence.

Caesar also enters Hot Gospel Songs at No. 24 with "Fill This House," the title cut of her latest album.