Kirk Franklin‘s “Love Theory” posts a 25th week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Gospel Songs chart, marking a milestone for the genre star. The song is his second to top the tally for at least 25 weeks, following “Wanna Be Happy?”, which reigned for 45 frames beginning in September 2015.
Only one other act has notched a pair of Hot Gospel Songs No. 1s that led for at least 25 weeks each: Marvin Sapp, with “Never Would Have Made It,” which spent a record 46 weeks at No. 1 starting in August 2007, and “The Best in Me,” which ruled for 25 frames beginning in March 2010.
“Theory” continues its domination (on the chart dated July 27) with an 18% boost to 1.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music, while topping Gospel Digital Song Sales for a 21st week and Gospel Airplay for a 14th frame. The track became Franklin’s record-extending seventh Hot Gospel Songs No. 1 when it debuted atop the chart dated Feb. 9.
Plus, Christian rock band Unspoken banks its fourth Christian Airplay top 10, as “Reason” rises 12-7, up 35% to 8.6 million audience impressions. On the multimetric Hot Christian Songs chart, it pushes to a new best rank (13-11). The Nashville-based band first reached the Christian Airplay top 10 with “Lift My Life Up,” which hit No. 7 in 2014. Later that year, “Start a Fire” ignited to No. 2, while “The Cure” climbed to No. 8 in 2017.