Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle leads all five of Billboard‘s main Christian charts (dated Sept. 22) simultaneously, marking the first time that any artist has achieved the fivefold feat.
Daigle dominates Top Christian Albums with her second studio LP, Look Up Child, which launches at No. 1, and Hot Christian Songs, Christian Airplay, Christian Streaming Songs and Christian Digital Song Sales with the set’s lead single, “You Say.”
“We’re all pinching ourselves,” Daigle told Billboard upon hearing the news. “What’s funny is, we all make goals, we all say, ‘Oh, let’s shoot for this or let’s shoot for that. Let’s keep the zeal and the hunger for all of this alive.’ And then, you swing for the fence and hope for the best. You work hard and there are moments where you’re like, ‘Man, is any of this effort going to work?’
“[Then] all the pieces begin to fit. I told my manager, ‘You know, we could have been celebrating the fact that I fell in love with music all over again. I got to write a record that I’ve been waiting to write’ … just the joy and thrill of all that. But not only are we getting to celebrate all those things, now we’re partnering with the rest of the country being excited, as well. To have that type of reception and that sort of welcome back, it feels so good.”
Look Up Child, Daigle’s follow-up to 2015’s How Can It Be, debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums with 115,000 equivalent album units (103,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music.
Concurrently, “You Say” rules the streaming, airplay and sales-fueled Hot Christian Songs chart for a ninth week. It paces Christian Digital Song Sales for a ninth week (10,000 sold, down 41 percent); Christian Streaming Songs for a seventh week (5.8 million U.S. streams, up 14 percent); and Christian Airplay for a second frame (9.9 million audience impressions, up 5 percent).
Prior to Daigle, multiple acts led as many as three Christian charts simultaneously. MercyMe had last earned the distinction on charts dated March 31, when the band’s 1999 classic “I Can Only Imagine,” sparked by the arrival of the movie of the same name, climbed 2-1 on Hot Christian Songs, as it topped Christian Digital Song Sales, and I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of Mercy Me led Top Christian Albums.
Also before Daigle, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family was the last act fronted by a female to top three Christian charts simultaneously. On Aug. 20, 2016, Love Remains (Scott’s first set apart from Lady Antebellum) debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, while its lead single “Thy Will” led Hot Christian Songs and Christian Digital Song Sales.