"Behind every number and statistic are lives and people and emotional impact," Joel tells Billboard. "What Luke and I both take away from this great news is that 'Joy' is a timely song. The concept of choosing joy, even in the face of hardship, minute by minute, day by day, is one that we can all make. We're elated that this kind of optimistic song can make its way to people's hearts and the top of the chart."
As "Joy" reaches the Christian Airplay penthouse in its 13th week, for King & Country completes its fastest trip to No. 1. The act first led in 2014 with "Fix My Eyes" (its seventh entry) in its 20th frame. "Shoulders" hit No. 1 in 2015 in its 26th week (and ruled for two, marking the duo's lone multi-week leader so far) and "Priceless" reached the top in 2016 in its 20th week.
for King & Country first charted on Christian Airplay in 2012, with the No. 3-peaking "Busted Heart (Hold on to Me)."
On the airplay, streaming and sales-powered Hot Christian Songs chart, "Joy" bullets at No. 3. It debuted at its No. 2 high on June 2.
A LOT TO "SAY": Lauren Daigle's "You Say" tops Hot Christian Songs for a fourth week. Her third No. 1 leads Christian Digital Song Sales for a fourth week (15,000 sold, down 6 percent) and Christian Streaming Songs for a second measurement period (4.7 million U.S. streams, up 15 percent). On Christian Airplay, "Say" stays at its No. 6 high (7.2 million, up 6 percent).
WICKHAM NO. 1: Worship leader Phil Wickham banks his second Top Christian Albums No. 1, among seven top 10s, with Living Hope (7,000 equivalent album units; 5,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Aug. 9.
Wickham first led Top Christian Albums with This Is Amazing Grace for 10 weeks, starting in March 2014. He first appeared on the chart with Grace, which debuted and peaked at No. 35 in 2006, and earned his first top 10 with Safe, which reached No. 4 in 2010.