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For King & Country’s ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ Debuts on Hot Christian Songs Chart

For King & Country earns its 13th top 10 on Billboard's streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart.

For King & Country, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, earns its 13th top 10 on Billboard’s streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart as the duo’s new version of the traditional carol “Do You Hear What I Hear?” blasts in at No. 4 on the list dated Dec. 19.

The carol, an Amazon Music exclusive, enters Christian Streaming Songs at No. 4 with 3.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, awarding the duo its fifth top 10 and highest start.

The song marks the pair’s third top 10 Hot Christian Songs debut and second this year: “Together,” with Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly, entered at No. 4 in May before peaking at No. 2 in August. The act made its highest arrival so far with No. 2-launching and -peaking “Joy” in June 2018.

The new track follows For King & Country’s holiday LP A Drummer Boy Christmas, which opened at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums dated Nov. 14 with 13,000 equivalent album units.

The twosome is currently on a run of 16 holiday shows, mainly at drive-in theaters. The tour is being sponsored by the Salvation Army and fans are being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to each show.

“Our sense is that 2020 is the most important holiday season of our lifetime,” Joel Smallbone tells Billboard.

“The reality of what this past year has entailed with so many people, not just here in America but all around the globe, and what they have had to endure, is frankly daunting,” he adds. “So to be able to make music that offers hope and a sense of relief and redemption through ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ as well as with our album A Drummer Boy Christmas, has been just a wonderful opportunity for us. As musicians, we take that calling very seriously.”

The 13-track A Drummer Boy Christmas (which does not include “Hear”) is the act’s first holiday LP and includes two new original songs: “The Carol of Joseph (I Believe in You)” and “Heavenly Hosts.”

Veteran Christian rock band Needtobreathe is featured on “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and Gabby Barrett duets on “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

On the Dec. 19 dated Top Christian Albums ranking, the set, which became the act’s sixth top 10, bullets at its No. 2 high with 11,000 units (up 50%). Concurrently, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” jumps 5-1 on Billboard‘s Christian AC Songs chart.

The song, which increased by 6% in plays in the week ending Dec. 13, becomes For King & Country’s seventh No. 1 and the first (among 10 top 10s) for Needtobreathe.