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Ciara Scores First Top 10 on Hot Gospel Songs Chart With Tasha Cobbs Leonard Collab

Pop and R&B/hip-hop star Ciara achieves her first top 10 hit on Billboard‘s Hot Gospel Songs chart, as Tasha Cobbs Leonard‘s “In Spite of Me,” featuring Ciara, rises 13-10 on the list dated Feb. 27.

The song ascends with a 12% increase in plays at the format, according to MRC Data, as it pushes 15-14 on Gospel Airplay. It collected 134,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week, after it debuted atop the Gospel Digital Song Sales chart in October.

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Leonard lands her 12th Hot Gospel Songs top 10, extending her mark for the most among women. Among all artists, she ties Marvin Sapp for the second-best sum. Kirk Franklin leads with 16, dating to the chart’s 2005 launch.

The track is Ciara’s first Hot Gospel Songs entry, following her run of secular hits in the 2000s and ’10s. She arrived on the Billboard Hot 100 with five consecutive career-opening top three hits in 2004-05, among eight total to-date: “Goodies,” featuring Petey Pablo (her lone No. 1, for seven weeks); “1, 2 Step,” featuring Missy Elliott (No. 2); “Oh,” featuring Ludacris (No. 2); “Lose Control,” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop (No. 3); and “Like You,” by Bow Wow featuring Ciara (No. 3).

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ciara boasts three No. 1s, among 13 top 10s: “Goodies,” “Like You” and, in 2007, her own “Promise.”

Ciara has posted four top 10 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200, including her one No. 1, 2006’s Ciara: The Evolution. In 2019, she released her most recent LP, Beauty Marks, which opened at No. 9 on Top R&B Albums.