for KING & COUNTRYthe duo of siblings Joel and Luke Smallbone, notes their second leader Billboard‘s streaming, airplay and sales based Hot Christian Songs chart as “For God Is With Us” rises to the top of the chart dated August. 6.
The act follows its first No. 1, “Relate,” which ran for three weeks in February. Previously, KING & COUNTRY hit a No. 2 high with three entries, among their 18 total Top 10s, a total that started with “Busted Heart (Hold On to Me),” which reached No. 3 in February 2012.
On Christian Airplay, “For God Is With Us” became the pair’s 11th No. 1 when it commanded the count for three weeks in July. It drew 8.8 million views in the most recent tracking week, along with 1.3 million official US streams, according to Luminate.
Joel and Luke Smallbone co-wrote “For God Is With Us” with Josh Kerr and Jordan Reynolds.
“We can’t help but recognize that behind this overwhelming chart position is a moving statement that spiritual music from the heart can meet people right where they are,” the duo shared in a statement to Billboard. “It continues to be an honor to connect with people around the world through the magical medium of music.”
“For God Is With Us” is the second single, after “Relate”, from KING & COUNTRY’s LP What are we waiting for, which opened as the duo’s second No. 1 on Top Christian Albums in March. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set entered and peaked at No. 7, giving the duo their second top 10.
The tandem’s latest leader dethrones Katy Nichole’s debut hit “In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” which dominated Hot Christian Songs for 19 pictures, for the sixth-longest reign in the chart’s history, which dates back to 2003. It also topped Christian Airplay in nine weeks. Nichole’s second track, “God Is in This Story,” featuring Big Daddy Weave, rises 19-14 on Christian Airplay (3.3 million, up 31%) and 20-16 on Hot Christian Songs.