Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir's 'Stand by Me' Cover Crowns Hot Gospel Songs Chart After Royal Wedding Performance
Plus, new chart achievements for Jason Nelson & for KING & COUNTRY.
The iconic "Stand by Me," originally a No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit for Ben E. King in 1961, returns to the charts, thanks to a cover unveiled at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding May 19.
Before the pair exchanged "I do"s, Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir turned in a stirring performance of the song, and their version sold 9,000 downloads in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music, sparking its No. 1 debut on the Hot Gospel Songs chart (which blends sales, airplay and streaming data) and Gospel Digital Song Sales, both dated June 2.
The bows mark the first Billboard chart ink for Gibson, a renowned choir director in the UK.
Additionally performed by Gibson & The Kingdom Choir at the wedding, traditional hymn "Amen, This Little Light of Mine" enters Gospel Digital Song Sales at No. 2 (2,000 sold) and Hot Gospel Songs at No. 15.
Jason Nelson's Answer arrives at No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums with 2,000 equivalent album units. Nelson notches his second total and consecutive No. 1 on the chart, as Jesus Revealed began on top on Feb. 7, 2015. He first reached the chart with Shifting the Atmosphere, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2012.
Plus, for KING & COUNTRY scores its highest Hot Christian Songs debut and rank, as "joy." -- which premiered exclusively on Billboard -- launches at No. 2. The duo's ninth top 10 is fueled by sales of 15,000, as it debuts as its first No. 1 on Christian Digital Song Sales.