Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is earns a fourth week at number one on Billboard’s Top Christian Songs chart, making it a full month at number one. Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear rebounds from 4-2, and The Afters’ Every Good Thing spend a second week at number three to round up the top three most popular Christian songs in the USA. Tenth Avenue North’s Worn moves up 11-10 this week to earn the popular Christian pop-rock band its latest Top 10 hit.Read More
Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is scores a third week at number one on Billboard’s Top Christian Songs chart, fending off a renewed effort from Hawk Nelson’s Words, which reaches a new peak of number two, and The Afters’ Every Good Thing, also reaching a new peak at number three. New to the Top 10 is Building 429′s We Won’t Be Shaken, my favorite Building 429 song EVER, finally a Top 10 hit after 14 weeks. Francesca Battistelli also holds on to her slot in the top 10, as Strangely Dim falters a slot to #10, but still helping Fran maintain the only female singer status in the Top 10.Read More
After 15 non-consecutive weeks at number one, in the process establishing its singer as the dominant musical force of his generation, Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin drops to number two this week. Replacing it is Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is, the second single from the Christian singer/songwriter’s Grammy Award-nominated Into the Light. Hello My Name Is becomes West’s fifth number one single, and his first since his Christmas duet with Amy Grant, Give This Christmas Away, topped the chart in December 2010. Not counting this holiday release, it’s his first chart-topper since The Motions in 2008. West’s five year wait between number one’s wasn’t a lonely one, though; he’d had four Top 10 hits along the way, including two near-misses, as both Forgiveness, the carrier of Into the Lightm and The Heart of Christmas, West’s most recent holiday release, both peaked at number two.
I am so happy. Matthew is my favorite Christian singer/songwriter, and the fact that Hello My Name Is, my favorite song off Into the Light, is his latest number one makes me so giddy and happy that I almost want to cry. I won’t, though, because I’ll save that for later, when I listen to Into the Light again. Welcome to the Matthew West fanfest.Read More
Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) earns a fourteenth week at number one, placing Tomlin into a four-way tie for seventh-longest reign atop the Billboard Christian Songs chart, alongside Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns, City on Our Knees by tobyMac, and The Motions by Matthew West. West and tobyMac, incidentally, are the two most likely to dethrone Tomlin from the top. West’s Hello My Name Is continues its swift rise to the top, skipping 4-2 this week, while Steal My Show by tobyMac reverses direction again and skyrockets 8-3. (My money’s on Matthew; the song has risen to number after just three weeks in the Top 10, which is lightning-fast for the Christian AC chart. Meanwhile, Steal My Show, while easily the best track off Eye On It, has had flashes of chart brilliance, but has been largely inconsistent.) Should Tomlin hold on for a 15th week, he will tie Jeremy Camp (Take You Back) and Building 429 (Where I Belong).Read More
Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) makes it 13 weeks atop Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. That moves Christ into a That’s twelve weeks, friends, and with no likely challengers in sight, Chris definitely has the monster hit on his hands that I was predicting when he first released the carrier single of Burning Lights. In terms of most weeks at number one on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, Whom Shall I Fear is tied for 10th-longest reign atop the Christian charts. Of all time. Good job, Chris.
Meanwhile, Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is establishes itself as the most likely contender for number one, rising up another three notches from 7-4 after rising up 11-7 the previous week. (I told you this song was great. It might do better than Forgiveness; I think it will.)Read More
Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) earns an eleventh week at number one on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. Meanwhile, another new song breaches the Top 10 for the first time: with You Are inching up 11-10 this week, Colton Dixon becomes the first former American Idol finalist to score a Top 10 hit on the Christian AC chart since Mandisa’s Waiting for Tomorrow peaked at number three in 2011.Read More