Zach Williams' 'Chain Breaker' Crowns Hot Christian Songs Chart

Billboard

"Chain Breaker," the debut single in the Christian music genre for Zach Williams, leads three of Billboard's Christian charts (dated Nov. 19), highlighted by its 2-1 rise on Hot Christian Songs, as it continues to top Christian Airplay and Christian Digital Song Sales.

On the hybrid Hot Christian Songs chart, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, "Chain" reaches the top in its 21st week. The song, co-written by Williams, rules Christian Airplay for a second frame, up 6 percent to 11 million in radio audience, in the tracking week ending Nov. 6, according to Nielsen Music. Despite a 3 percent decline to 7,000 downloads sold, "Chain" paces Christian Digital Song Sales for a third week.

Williams, based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, formerly fronted the band Zach Williams & The Reformation before beginning his solo Christian music career.


The triple-coronation of "Chain" marks the first time that an artist has ruled the three Christian lists simultaneously since the charts dated Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, when Hillary Scott & The Scott Family scored the hat trick.


NEW TOP 10s: Hot Christian Songs welcomes one addition to the top 10, as Natalie Grant's "King of the World," the lead track from her ninth studio album Be One, pushes 11-10. "King" is Grant's eighth Hot Christian Songs top 10 and first since No. 8-peaking "Hurricane" in September 2013.

Additionally, One Sonic Society achieves its first Christian Airplay top 10, as "Great Are You Lord" rises 11-10 (6.4 million, up 1 percent). The worship track marks the group's third Christian Airplay appearance, following 2013's No. 28-peaking "Never Once" and its debut, "Forever Reign" (No. 17, 2011).

MORTON DEBUTS: Finally, on Top Gospel Albums, Bishop Paul S. Morton's Legacy: Live in New Orleans debuts at No. 3, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. The 15-track set, being billed as the worship leader's final solo album, includes features from artists including Tasha Cobbs, Shirley Caesar and Zacardi Cortez.

The set is Morton's 12th to appear on Top Gospel Albums, a sum that includes seven top 10s and one No. 1, 2003's Let It Rain, featuring The FGBCF Mass Choir.