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Kierra & Karen Clark-Sheard Team Up Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

It’s a family affair atop Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart, as Kierra’s “Something Has to Break,” featuring her mother, Karen Clark-Sheard, rises to No. 1 on the list dated Oct. 23.

Kierra claims her fourth Gospel Airplay leader, after her featured turn on Mary Mary’s “God in Me,” in 2009; as featured on GEI’s “Hang On,” in 2017; and with her own “It Keeps Happening,” in 2020.

Clark-Sheard scores her first No. 1 on the chart, among four top 10s dating to her first in 2009.

Kierra ties for the third-most Gospel Airplay No. 1s among women, dating to the chart’s 2005 inception, matching Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Tamela Mann leads and shares the overall mark with Kirk Franklin (eight No. 1s), while Jekalyn Carr has notched five.

Meanwhile, Maryanne J. George’s Not Just Stories opens at No. 3 on Top Gospel Albums and No. 12 on Top Christian Albums with 3,000 equivalent album units, according to MRC Data, marking her first album chart visits.

The St. Louis-based New York native previously placed a pair of hits on Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs as a featured act for Maverick City Music and Upperroom: “Champion” (also featuring Brandon Lake) and “I Thank God” (also featuring Dante Bowe, Aaron Moses and Chuck Butler), both earlier in 2021.