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MercyMe Makes Record-Extending ‘News’ at No. 1 On Christian Airplay Chart

MercyMe banks its 16th No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart, as "Best News Ever" rises 2-1 (on the list dated March 9), up 6 percent to 10.6 million audience impressions in the week ending…

MercyMe banks its 16th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart, as “Best News Ever” rises 2-1 (on the list dated March 9), up 6 percent to 10.6 million audience impressions in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music.   

MercyMe extends its record for the most No. 1s in the 15-year history of the chart; Casting Crowns is second with 10, followed by Jeremy Camp, tobyMac and Matthew West, each with nine. MercyMe, which formed in 1994, scored its first No. 1 when “Word of God Speak” topped the Aug. 16, 2003-dated ranking (two months after the list’s launch) and reigned for 23 weeks, the longest rule in the chart’s archives.   

On Hot Christian Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, “News” bumps 7-6 for a new peak.  

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Plus, Crowder (aka, David Crowder, former frontman of David Crowder Band) nets his fifth top 10 on Hot Christian Songs and sixth on Christian Airplay, as “Red Letters” pushes 11-10 on both charts, sparked by its 3 percent gain to 6.6 million in radio reach. The song also surged by 46 percent to 752,000 on-demand U.S. streams.

Crowder’s single just before “Letters,” “All My Hope,” paced Christian Airplay for two weeks in March, becoming his second No. 1, after “Come as You Are” (two weeks, 2015).