Jordan Smith, one of the top 11 contestants on NBC’s The Voice, vaults in atop Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart (dated Dec. 5) with his cover of Christian band Selah’s “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The bow is almost fully driven by its concurrent No. 1 debut on Christian Digital Songs, thanks to its 138,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music.
The last No. 1 entrance on Hot Christian Songs before “Faithfulness”? Prior Voice finalist Meghan Linsey’s version of “Amazing Grace” (May 23).
Smith’s “Faithfulness” also blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 30. He first hit the Hot 100 a week earlier, when his version of Beyonce’s “Halo” entered at No. 88.
‘ONE’ IS No. 1: Natalie Grant’s Be One bounds in at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums with 16,000 sold. Meanwhile, the set’s title track steps 16-15 on Christian Airplay and 20-18 on Hot Christian Songs. Grant notches her second leader on Top Christian Albums, following her last entry, 2013’s Hurricane. She first appeared on the list in 2003.
Also in the Top Christian Albums top five, Casting Crowns’ A Live Worship Experience debuts at No. 4 (8,000). It’s the act’s 12th top 10 set.
WIN FOR ‘LOSING’: Following its first week of wide release, Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion flies 24-1 on Top Gospel Albums (33,000). Franklin lands his 11th No. 1 on the survey and first since 2011. Since December 1993, when Kirk Franklin and the Family’s self-titled set became his first leader, he boasts the most No. 1s. Fred Hammond follows with nine in that span.
On the Billboard 200, Religion starts at No. 10 (35,000 equivalent albums), becoming Franklin’s fifth top 10 on the all-genre ranking.