Gloria Gaynor's First Gospel Album 'Testimony' Debuts in Top 5 on Top Gospel Albums Chart
Plus, Big Daddy Weave adds its 16th top 10 on Hot Christian Songs.
The iconic Gloria Gaynor, of "I Will Survive" fame, her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 smash from 1979, sends her first faith-based set, Testimony, onto Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated June 22) at No. 4. The LP debuts with 1,000 equivalent albums earned in its first week, ending June 13, according to Nielsen Music.
Gaynor recorded the 10-track Testimony in Nashville at RCA Studio A. It features guests including Bart Millard of MercyMe (on the set's "He Won't Let Go") and Yolanda Adams ("Talkin' 'Bout Jesus").
Gaynor's "Survive," which led the Hot 100 for three weeks, won the only Grammy Award for best disco recording, at the 22nd annual ceremony in 1980. (Amid a backlash against disco, the Academy renamed the award best dance recording the following year.) Gaynor scored one additional Hot 100 top 10, her first entry on the chart, a cover of the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye," which reached No. 9 in 1975.
Meanwhile, Big Daddy Weave's "Alive' jumps 13-8 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-powered Hot Christian Songs chart, netting the band its 16th top 10. The track surges by 27% to 9.2 million audience impressions, as it bumps 6-4 on Christian Airplay, and 30% to 1,000 sold, as it debuts at No. 22 on Christian Digital Song Sales.
The act, fronted by Mike Weaver, earns its first Hot Christian Songs top 10 since 2016, when "The Lion and the Lamb" reached No. 7. Its 16 top 10s, a total that includes two No. 1s ("Every Time I Breathe" in 2007 and "Redeemed" in 2012), moves the act into a tie with Matthew West for the sixth-most top 10s since the chart launched in 2003. Among groups, Big Daddy Weave ranks second, behind Casting Crowns and MercyMe, each with 26. Chris Tomlin leads all artists with 27 top 10s.