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Zacardi Cortez, Chris Tomlin & Francesca Battistelli Shine on Christian & Gospel Charts

Zacardi Cortez
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Zacardi Cortez performs at Rialto Center for the Arts on Jan. 14, 2017 in Atlanta.

Cortez collects his first Gospel Airplay No. 1 in four years.

Zacardi Cortez earns his third No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart (dated Nov. 10) and first in over four years, as "Oh How I Love You" lifts 2-1 in its 36th week, increasing by 4 percent in plays in the week ending Nov. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

"Love" is Cortez's first leader on the list since "1 on 1" ruled for five weeks beginning Feb. 1, 2014.

Cortez first reigned as featured, with Shawn McLemore, on James Fortune & FIYA's 19-week No. 1 "I Believe" in 2010-11. Concurrently, Fortune's "Favor of God," featuring Cortez (the former's 12th Gospel Airplay top 10 and the latter's sixth), returns to its No. 9 high.

Chris Tomlin banks his 11th Top Christian Albums top 10, as Holy Roar arrives at No. 3, earning 8,000 equivalent album units in its first week (ending Nov. 1). The set is Tomlin's first studio LP since Never Lose Sight, which debuted as his seventh No. 1 on Top Christian Albums in November 2016. In between, EP Nobody Loves Me Like You bowed and peaked at No. 20 in September.   

Plus, Francesca Battistelli's Own It opens at No. 5 on Top Christian Albums (7,000 units). The set is her fifth top 10 and first since her prior studio album If We're Honest, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in May 2014. She boasts two past leaders on the list: My Paper Heart (2010) and Hundred More Years (2011).