Kirk Franklin's "Love Theory" logs 24 weeks at No.1 on Hot Gospel Songs
Lauren Daigle's Look Up Child rewrites the record for the longest reign on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart since the tally became a weekly survey, and adopted Nielsen Music data, in April 1995, as it spends a 39th week at No. 1. The set passes the 38-week rule of Switchfoot's The Beautiful Letdown in 2004-05.
Daigle's LP leads the latest list with 10,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 11 and has totaled 925,000 units to date. It debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums with 115,000 units on the chart dated Sept. 22, 2018, and launched at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200, boasting the largest week for a Christian music album since the latter list began ranking albums by equivalent album units in late 2014.
The album's run has been bolstered by its lead single, "You Say," which adds a 51st week atop Hot Christian Songs. Only Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" has led longer, for 61 weeks starting in December 2013.
Elsewhere on Billboard's faith-based charts, Kirk Franklin's "Love Theory" logs a 24th week at No.1 on Hot Gospel Songs, the chart's ninth-longest rule. The track posts a 13th week atop Gospel Airplay, drawing 11.9 million in all-format radio reach, as it also bullets at No. 4 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, while sporting 869,000 U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads sold.