Casting Crowns Hit Milestone on Hot Christian Songs Chart With 'Only Jesus'

Robby Klein
Casting Crowns

Plus, new top 10s for Sanctus Real & Fresh Start Worship.

Casting Crowns moves into the lead for the most top 10s among groups (of three or more members) in the 15-year history of Billboard's Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay charts, as "Only Jesus" hops 13-9 on the former list (dated Nov. 3) and 11-9 on the latter. The song increases by 16 percent to 6.4 million radio audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 28, according to Nielsen Music.

On the airplay, streaming and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart, "Jesus," the title-track from Casting Crowns' upcoming studio LP, is the act's 26th top 10, one more than MercyMe's sum for the most among groups. On Christian Airplay, Casting Crowns adds its 25th top 10, one-upping MercyMe's 24 for the same honor. Among all acts, Chris Tomlin leads with 27 top 10s on each tally.

Sanctus Real achieves its fifth Hot Christian Songs top 10 and first since 2011, as "Confidence" climbs 12-10. It ascends 9-7 on Christian Airplay, up 4 percent to 6.8 million impressions, and drew 365,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads (up 7 percent in each metric) in the tracking week. The group's five Hot Christian Songs top 10s includes one No. 1, "Lead Me," which ruled for nine weeks in 2010.

Plus, Fresh Start Worship, which consists of five members who represent Fresh Start Church in Duluth, Ga., earns its first Gospel Airplay top 10, as its debut entry "Mention" moves 11-10 (up 8 percent in plays).


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