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Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Reign: ‘Gospel Music Will Always Grow With the Generation That Sings It’

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music's "Movin' On" soars from No. 6 to No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart dated Oct. 24, awarding McReynolds his third leader and Mali Music (born Kortney…

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music’s “Movin’ On” soars from No. 6 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart dated Oct. 24, awarding McReynolds his third leader and Mali Music (born Kortney Pollard) his first.

In the tracking week ending Oct. 19, the song surged by 34% in plays, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“I’m thankful that my genre keeps giving me chances to expand our generation’s contribution,” McReynolds tells Billboard.

“Some figured that I’d have to make more ‘normal’ church music to see three No. 1s, but the fact that God has allowed two of the weirdest guys to be on top is an honor and proof that gospel music will always grow with the generation that sings it. 2020 is a year of transition and ‘Movin’ On’ is a song of transition,” McReynolds muses. “It’s a perfect match.”

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McReynolds has earned his three Gospel Airplay No. 1s consecutively, as “Movin’ On” follows “Make Room,” which led for a week in December 2019, and “Not Lucky, I’m Loved,” which reigned for a week in September 2018. He notched four previous entries, including his first of four top 10s, the No. 5 hit “Gotta Have You” in 2015.

Mali Music adds his first Gospel Airplay leader, in his second chart visit, after his LP The Book of Mali debuted and peaked at No. 3 on Top Gospel Albums in August. He charted one prior entry on the latter list: The 2econd Coming reached No. 15 in 2009.

Meanwhile, the 6-1 flight for “Movin’ On” matches the loftiest in the 15-year archives of Gospel Airplay. Just last month, PJ Morton (a member of Maroon 5) made the same leap with “All in His Plan,” featuring Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary.

Before that, Mary Mary’s “God in Me,” featuring Kierra “KiKi” Sheard, soared 6-1 on Gospel Airplay in August 2009. Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” is the only other song to make such a victorious vault. In August 2007, it started its 46-week domination, the longest in the chart’s history.