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Fred Hammond’s ‘Hallelujah’ Hits No. 1 on Gospel Airplay Chart

Plus, Phil Wickham's "Hymn of Heaven" reaches the Christian Airplay top 10.

Singer-songwriter and producer Fred Hammond notches his fourth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart, as “Hallelujah” ascends to the top of the July 9-dated tally. In the tracking week ending July 3, the song increased by 11% in plays, according to Luminate.

Hammond and Asaph Ward co-wrote the song and produced it with Ray Hammond, Fred’s brother.

After many years and many, many songs that have made the charts and even No. 1s, It’s still a tremendous blessing to make it here once again,” Hammond tells Billboard. “It never gets old.”

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Hammond, who hails from Detroit and is now based in Cedar Hill, Texas, lands his first Gospel Airplay coronation since August 2020, when “Alright” led for two weeks. Before that, “I Feel Good” led for two weeks in April-May 2012 and “They Will Wait,” featuring John P. Kee, dominated for 13 frames starting in December 2009.

Hammond boasts nine top 10s among 18 total Gospel Airplay chart entries.

‘Hymn’ Hits Top 10

On the Christian Airplay chart, Phil Wickham adds his eighth top 10, as “Hymn of Heaven” rises 11-10, up 9% to 6 million audience impressions.

Wickham, who co-authored “Hymn,” adds his first top 10 since “House of the Lord” led for four frames starting last October, becoming his third No. 1 and second in a row, after “Battle Belongs” (four weeks, beginning in April 2021). He first reigned with “This Is Amazing Grace,” for 14 weeks starting in March 2014, and first reached the top 10 in January 2010 with “Safe,” which rose to No. 4 that March.