Matthew West knocks on his 12th No. 1 Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart with “Me on Your Mind”. In the tracking week ending July 24, the song rose 1% to 9.1 million audience impressions, according to Luminate.
With his latest Christian Airplay leader, West passes Jeremy Camp for the most No. 1s among solo artists dating to the chart’s inception in 2003. He is second overall, behind only MercyMe, who has 17. (Casting Crowns and for KING & COUNTRY join Camp with 11 No. 1s each.)
How did West find out about his latest coronation?
“A Monday morning FaceTime call from the radio team at Provident Label Group [West’s record label] led to a party in my kitchen with my family,” beams West. “I’m so grateful for the chance to make music I believe in, grateful for the amazing team that brings the songs to the world and blessed by the support of radio stations all over the country. My co-writers Jeff Pardo and Anne Wilson and co-producer AJ Pruis are all a big part of this and I love making music with them.”
Notably, Wilson co-wrote his own debut smash, “My Jesus,” with Pardo and West, and the song topped Christian Airplay for six weeks starting last August. That same month, it began a four-week run of dominance on the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Christian Songs.
West’s 12th Christian Airplay No. 1 also marks his fifth in a row, among decent singles. It follows “What If”, which reigned for four weeks from last November; “Truth Be Told” (five weeks, beginning January 2021); “The God Who Remains” (two weeks, February-March 2020); and his featured turn on Casting Crown’s “Nobody” (15 weeks, starting October 2019).
In the midst of his No. 1 run, West charted “Quarantine Life” (No. 40 peak, May 2020), as well as the holiday numbers “Gobble Gobble” (No. 32, November 2020), “The Hope of Christmas” (No. 9, January 2021) and “We Need Christmas” (No. 22, last January).
“Me on Your Mind” is currently a stand-alone single. West’s latest non-seasonal LP, Completely newdebuted and peaked at No. 4 on Top Christian Albums in February 2020, becoming his seventh top 10 on the chart.