Archive for the ‘Charts’ Category

Jekalyn Carr’s The Life Project Set For August Release

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Jekalyn Carr 2Jekalyn Carr is ready for the world to hear the music from her third album, The Life Project, which hits stores and digital outlets on August 5th.  You’re Bigger, the first single from the project continues its reach on Gospel radio hitting number 2 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts, and the live video has garnered some 185,000 views in a month.  Essence Magazine named Carr one of Gospel’s 15 artists to watch.

The Life Project is Carr’s first live project and she took time to talk to GOSPELflava about the CD and what inspires her to keep on going, read our interview here: The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr

Dennis Reed and GAP Hit #1 on Digital Songs Chart

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Dennis Reed and GAPThe sheer power of GOSPEL music is felt through the song Necessary, recorded by Charlotte, NC based Dennis Reed and GAP some nearly 10 years ago.  The song had a resurgence thanks to Fantasia posting a video in rehearsal performing the song with members of the group.  Fortified by the video that has had over 10 million views and performances during her concert stops, Necessary has made its way from #11 into the top spot on the Digital Download Gospel Songs chart, selling some over 3,000 +  downloads.

Just in case you’ve been out of the country and on an internet fast, here’s a lyric video for Necessary

123 Victory Brings Kirk Franklin Another #1 Hit

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

kirk-franklinGospel Superstar Kirk Franklin gains another #1 with “123 Victory” hitting the top spot on the Mediabase Gospel radio chart.  “123 Victory”is the follow up single to “Wanna Be Happy?” and both come from Losing My Religion, his eleventh studio album.

Franklin has been greeting fans in sold out venues across the country in his  20 years in One Night Tour .  The last leg of the tour visits Alabama, Georgia and Massachusetts before the finale in Baltimore, Maryland at the Lyric Opera House on June 19th.

Fantasia Turns Rehearsal Into Praise Break

Monday, June 13th, 2016

fantasiaOn June 9th, Fantasia went live on social media with Dennis Reed and GAP singing Necessary, a track from his 2005 CD Water Walker.  The song caused quite a stir in the rehearsal as the presence of the Lord permeated the room and tears begin to flow.  The Season Three American Idol winner begin to share out of her own personal experiences how the song ministers to her and how the Lord has kept her in spite of her mistakes, each experience was necessary.  The video went viral, being shared over 300,000 times and generating upwards of ten million views.

Over on iTunes, the album rode the top 20 through the week’s end and the single made its debut at number 11 on the Hot Gospel Songs charts.  Fantasia and the group performed the song at her concert in Houston and she commented on the impact of the song and of how the testimonies from people who were touched by the song continue to pour in.  Reed got in on the commentary and added the following via the group’s facebook page:

“I want to take the time to say THANK YOU. Look at what God can do in just a moment. Many of us are facing some tough challenges and want to quit. But it’s those trials that are the resistance we need to BUILD muscle. It’s those challenges that are the brick and mortar To set us on our FIRM FOUNDATION! Don’t you want to Stand as this BLESSING OVERTAKES you? (more…)

Charles Butler & Trinity Make It To Number 2

Monday, June 13th, 2016

CharlesButler-MakeIt2Make It, the second project from DMV based Stellar nominated contemporary Gospel group Charles Butler and Trinity bows at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  Trinity, founded by Butler in 1997 has shared the stage with some of Gospel music’s greatest artists in addition to appearances at the White House, The March on Washington Anniversary celebration and having served as the backing ensemble on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel program for eight years.

The group made their national debut with the release of Better  for Earnest Pugh’s EPM Music Group label in 2014.  That album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Chart and garnered a Stellar nomination for the group.  The group recently signed with Anointed Sounds Records for the release of their sophomore project.  Their first single and title track Make It continues to dominate the radio charts, making its way into the top 40.

 

Billboard’s Top 10 Albums

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

WOW GOSPEL 2016 Cover

Billboard’s Top 10 Albums in Gospel for the Week of June 18 puts WOW Gospel 2016 at the top, bumping Livre’s Jericho from the number one spot. Bri Babineaux’s Keys To My Heart sees the biggest gain jumping from #21 last week to #6 this week.  And Jonathan McReynolds’ Life Stages Two, makes its way back in the Top 10 slots. (more…)

Chicago Mass Choir Readies New Single

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

After closing out the first day with a rousing performance at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, the Chicago Mass Choir announces the release of I Give You Praise, the second single from theiChicago Mass Choirr Billboard charting disc We Give You Praise.

Ken Harding, President of New Haven Records offered words of adulation, “This may be the best album in Chicago Mass Choir’s 25 year history. The first single, “Thank You Thank You Jesus,” helped the CD debut at the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller’s Gospel Praise and Worship Chart and #11 on the Amazon Gospel Music Best Seller’s Sales Chart. We’re particularly excited about the future of the new single, “I Give You Praise Lord,” because it’s the kind of worship song that can find its way into churches all across America…and the world!”

CMC President Dr. Feranda Williamson added, “It is such a humbling experience to see how our new project has been supported around the world! “I Give You Praise Lord” summarizes our gratitude for God’s continued blessings!”

 

Interview : Israel Houghton – “Covered: Alive In Asia” (2015)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

CD100_outMulti Grammy, Stellar, and Dove award winning artist Israel Houghton returns with his new album “Covered: Alive in Asia” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel and Christian Charts. This was Houghton’s seventh album in his career to debut at the top of the charts. This live worship experience was recorded across the continent of Asia in stadiums in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo, and Manila. The album features new songs with Grammy Award Winners Yolanda Adams and Tye Tribett and Gospel rising sensation Jonathan McReynolds. Houghton teams up with longtime producing partner Aaron Lindsay to bring forth the groups legendary sound. Covered: Alive in Asia is the groups 10th album, as they celebrate 15 years of Ministry.

GOSPElflava’s Martin Williams recently caught up with Israel to discuss the new albums all the elements that went into making this project a chart topping success.

 

Martin: You’ve recorded albums all over the world, why did you decide to go to Asia?

Israel: We’ve been going there for seven or eight years as a team, and we have developed a good re pore in several countries there. When you go certain places and you realize there is a grace for you to be there and you like how you feel with those crowds and churches there, the thought about doing an album there begins to creep in. And it just so happen this particular Asian tour last fall worked out great to carry a film and audio crew to capture the energy of these six great places in Asia.

Martin: I listened to one of the tracks on the album and you said there was such a spirit of expectation and a hunger for GOD’s presence. What was it like being in those venues with all of those worshipers on one accord?

Israel: It was absolutely fantastic! No disrespect to us here in America but we have so many options. You can throw a rock and go have a great worship experience somewhere and go hear some of the greatest singers and musicians. In Asia that’s rare for them. It only happens every once in a while. So they come out in significant numbers to experience this and they don’t just stand around they engage. It’s incredibly refreshing especially when you are trying to teach brand new songs. Versus here in America where they may not get with you until you sing something that they like or something that’s familiar. Over there their attitude is BRING IT ON!

Martin: It’s been almost 15 years since your album “New Season” was released. Fast forward to now do you still feel the same excitement? Are you apprehensive? Are you concerned if the fans will like it? How do you feel?

Israel: I think it’s all of the above. I’m still very much excited about recording, writing, and releasing music. Certainly in 2000 and 2001 when “New Season” was released records were bought and sold differently than now. That album was released in the pre I- Tunes and streaming days. People had to actually have to go and buy the physical CD. Now it’s very different there are so many options and it’s harder to get the ground swell. When we did “Live From Another Level” it was our first album to sell 500,000 units and the album was certified “Gold” within a year. That blew our minds. And to sell that many units now is quite an undertaking. The beauty is that we don’t do what we do for the accolades, awards, or sales. Our rewards are ultimately found in the lives of people. The older I get the less panicked I am about a release. I don’t fret about how it’s going to do on the radio or will it go to the number 1 spot on Billboard. Most of our records end up selling for long periods of time. They are not just a quick release and you forget about them. Because we are out in front of people all the time our albums tend to have a longer life of sales. We’ve had Number 1’s, gold records and awards, so hopefully we are past having to prove ourselves and drive ourselves crazy. Ultimately it’s about people being blessed and connected to this music.

 

Martin: Does it still surprise you when you go out all over the world and the people know your music?

Israel: It’s such a true blessing and its speaks to the power of mediums like GOSPELflava and Gospel radio because people have the opportunity to connect with our sound and vision. You all get the word out and I’m grateful. It never gets old getting up and starting a song and hearing the crowd take it over, never gets old. I love when I can step back from the microphone and let the audience sing. I become a kid in those moments!

 

Martin: Out of all of your albums what’s the one song that you can’t go through a concert without singing?

Israel: It’s pretty much a tie between “You Are Good” and “Friend Of God”. If we ever leave the stage and don’t do “Friend of God” it’s going to be a problem. It’s like Marvin Sapp leaving the stage without singing “Never Would Have Made It’ or Kirk Franklin not doing “Stomp” or “Why We Sing”. I tell you the one song that’ gained momentum of the years and that’s “Moving Forward”. I’ve noticed we can’t get through a set without at least hitting the bridge of that song. I’m honored that I’ve been apart of writing some staples and putting those out. It never gets old to me.

Martin: With all the recent tragedies in the world, how important is it that believers continue to cultivate a life of worship?

Israel: It’s never been more important than the days we are living in now. Here we are in the most connective generations of all time through the way of social networking but we’ve also become extremely disconnected by the same reasons. I think the Gospel and the unity that comes from knowing who Jesus is best served and experienced together. What is tragic for me is that these horrible atrocities happen and that causes us to get off our phones for a second and come together as a community. I wish we didn’t need tragedy to do that. That’s one of the things I Love about church there is an hour and half in the week where we come together to say we are connected under one name and one faith. In this day and age we need that because we don’t have a lot of good news on Television. The definition of the Gospel is the good news.

Martin: On the album you collaborate with Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, and Jonathan McReynolds, how was it working with those artists?

Israel: Well after so many years I think people have realized that I love doing collaborations. On “New Season” we had Keith Staten from Commissioned. The second album “Real”, I used a lot of Andrae Crouch’s crew, I didn’t do a lot of collaborations on “Live From Another Level”, but Michael Gunger worked with me on that. Of course the son of South Africa himself Jonathan Butler worked with me on “Alive In South Africa”. “ A Deeper Level” featured Chris Tomlin, YPJ. My Christmas album, “ A Timeless Christmas” has to be my favorite in terms of collaborations because it featured Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans, Lalah Hathaway and many others it was a dream come true. I’ve worked with Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Take 6, so for me it’s about how the song its best served with another voice and artist. I’ve never been super particular either about collaborations. An artist doesn’t’ have to be of a certain stature for them to be featured on one of my songs. It’s all about what’s going to enhance the song. In some cases I’ve been very fortunate that’ the collaboration does help boost the cache of the album as well as the song.

Martin: You take a classic contemporary Christian song, “Mighty to Save” and you give an upbeat island flair, what made you remix the song?

Israel: For us its something we’ve been doing for years, and just never recorded it. Initially we were going to put it on “Jesus At The Center”. The group and myself found ourselves doing a lot of festivals. And sometimes at these festivals people don’t know us very well so its important to have songs that people know in reserve so they can join in on the experience. It’s always good to have songs you can always add a New Breed twist to it.

Martin: At the end of the day what do you want the listeners to take away from “Covered: Alive In Asia”?

Israel: I want them to take away that hope is not relegated to just one community, skin tone, or preference. Gospel is good news and it needs to be global. There are people in Asia who love Gospel music and this message and you may never see them. We have brothers and sisters who don’t look or talk like us but they serve the same God. It’s a beautiful thing to know. I want people to know Israel and new breed  as ambassadors.

 

Israel’s Latest Release, “Covered: Alive In Asia” is available in stores and online.  The project features a 16 track digital deluxe version and limited edition CD/DVD combo pack that includes 13 tracks plus a documentary offering an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the recording process and footage of some of the most beautiful and exotic cities in Asia.  Additionally, later this year, Houghton will release a special 90 minute concert film with exclusive performances and interviews. 

Bri Babineaux Makes Top Ten on iTunes

Friday, June 12th, 2015

BrianaGospel music fans can’t get enough of Marquis Boone Enterprises latest signee Briana Babineaux.  The internet sensation’s debut single I’ll Be The One was released on June 9th and made its way to  #5 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel Top Songs.

“All of this is very exciting and unexpected,” said the 20 year old University of Louisiana college student. “None of this was planned. A friend of mine put a tape of me singing a song on You Tube and then all of these incredible things began to happen and I’m humbled by all of them.”

Be sure to catch Briana on the upcoming season of Bobby Jones Gospel airing this fall.

Top 25 Gospel Albums

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Fred Hammond’s I Will Trust holds on to the top spot as Brian Courtney Wilson makes his debut at number 2 on the the Soundscan Top 25 Gospel Albums Chart for this week.  Fred Hammond I Will Trust

  1.  Fred Hammond                          I Will Trust
  2. Brian Courtney Wilson             Worth Fighting For
  3. Tasha Cobbs                                  Grace
  4. Various Artists                            WOW Gospel 2014
  5. J Moss                                              Grown Folks Gospel
  6. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston  I See Victory
  7. VaShawn Mitchell                       Unstoppable
  8. Smokie Norful                               Forever Yours
  9. Erica Campbell                             Help
  10. Michelle Williams                       Journey To Freedom
  11. The Walls Group                          Fast Forward
  12. 3 Winans Brothers                      Foreign Land
  13. Icon Gospel                                   Icon Gospel
  14. Jessica Reedy                               Transparent
  15. The Rance Allen Group            Celebrate
  16. Wess Morgan                                Livin
  17. Lynda Randle                              Ageless Hymns
  18. Ricky Dillard & New G              Amazing
  19. Jimmy Greene                             Beautiful Life
  20. Tasha Page-Lockhart                Here Right Now
  21. William McDowell                      Withholding Nothing
  22. Various Artists                            Motown Christmas
  23. James Fortune & FIYA            Live Through It
  24. Donnie McClurkin                      Duets
  25. Deitrick Haddon                         Best of Deitrick Haddon