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Big Daddy Weave Is ‘Alive’ And Well Atop Christian Airplay, Kirk Franklin’s ‘Love Theory’ Extends Its Lead

Veteran band Big Daddy Weave notches its fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart (dated Aug. 3), the act's first leader since 2015, as "Alive" ascends 2-1. In its 24th week on the survey…

Veteran band Big Daddy Weave notches its fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart (dated Aug. 3), the act’s first leader since 2015, as “Alive” ascends 2-1. In its 24th week on the survey, the single gains by 3% to 12.3 million audience impressions during the tracking week ending July 28, according to Nielsen Music.

For the Mike Weaver-fronted Big Daddy Weave, formed in Mobile, Al. in 1998, “Alive” is their first trip to the Christian Airplay penthouse since “My Story” led for one week on the Dec. 19, 2015 dated tally. “Alive” was co-penned by singer-songwriter Zach Williams.


“It’s always incredible to me when a song makes it this far, but it’s extra special because of our relationship with Zach Williams,” Mike Weaver tells Billboard. “We’re grateful for another No. 1, but even more thankful for what the song means in our lives, as well as the lives of others.”

The outfit’s remaining four Christian Airplay No. 1s (among 17 top 10s) began with: “Every Time I Breathe,” which reigned for four frames starting on the chart dated June 16, 2007, followed by “Redeemed” which dominated for seven weeks (the band’s longest running No. 1) commencing Nov. 10, 2012 and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” (five weeks, Jan. 18, 2014).

Meanwhile, over on the hybrid Hot Gospel Songs chart, powered by streaming-, airplay and sales, Kirk Franklin’s “Love Theory” commands the list for a 26th week.

“Love Theory” holds at No. 1 for its 26th week as it stays atop Gospel Airplay for a 15th frame. It also corrals 937,000 U.S. streams (down 9%) and sales of 1,000 downloads (down 1%), both in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music. 

As it continues its run at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs, “Love Theory” moves into a tie as the fifth longest ruler in the history of the chart which launched in 2005. Franklin ties J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise’s “You Deserve It” which commanded the list starting Feb. 11, 2017 and Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise,” also 26 frames atop the tally starting on Aug. 10, 2013.

Gospel star Franklin now owns two of the five longest-running Hot Gospel Songs No. 1s: Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” leads all with its 46 week domination of the chart starting Aug. 25, 2007, followed by Franklin’s “Wanna be Happy?” (45 weeks, Sept. 19, 2015), “Koryn Hawthorne’s “Won’t He Do It” (41 weeks, March 3, 2018), and James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Trust You” (29 weeks, Aug. 30, 2008).