First woman to top 4 gospel charts simultaneously in 5 years
Koryn Hawthorne‘s debut album Unstoppable arrived at the summit of Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart last July with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, ending July 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 1,000 are from traditional album sales.
The launch marks the first debut album to bow in the penthouse since the chart dated May 12, when Maranda Curtis’ freshman full-length, Open Heaven: The Maranda Experience, opened at No. 1 with 3,000 units. The set followed her launch EP, The Maranda Curtis Experience, which also entered at No. 1 on Aug. 26, 2017 (3,000).
With her No. 1 debut on Top Gospel Albums, Hawthorne, a finalist from season eight of NBC’s The Voice in 2015, dominates four of the five main Billboard gospel charts. Her introductory hit single, “Won’t He Do It,” reigns on Hot Gospel Songs, Gospel Airplay and Gospel Digital Song Sales.
On Hot Gospel Songs, which combines streaming, airplay and sales data, “Won’t” logs its 19th frame at No. 1. The song is her second Hot Gospel Songs leader; she first ruled in 2015 with her version of the classic hymn “How Great Thou Art,” which debuted at the apex.
On Gospel Airplay, “Won’t” (her first leader on the list) rules for an 11th week. On Gospel Digital Song Sales, “Won’t” dominates for a 12th frame (1,000 downloads sold, up 22 percent).
“Won’t” narrowly misses dominating all five of Billboard‘s main gospel charts, ranking at No. 4 on Gospel Streaming Songs (up 10 percent to 800,000 U.S. streams).
Hawthorne is the first artist to top four gospel charts simultaneously since Hezekiah Walker on Aug. 13, 2016, when “Better Do It” led Hot Gospel Songs, Gospel Airplay and Gospel Digital Song Sales, while his LP “Better”: Azusa – The Next Generation 2 flew 21-1 for its first of three frames in charge of Top Gospel Albums.
No female artist had pulled off the feat since Tamela Mann on charts dated May 18, 2013. That week, “Take Me to the King” crowned Hot Gospel Songs, Gospel Airplay and Gospel Digital Song Sales, while Best Days paced Top Gospel Albums.