joy. from for KING & COUNTRY was released on Friday, May 18 and if you've not yet heard it, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
360,000+ streams on Spotify in 3 days!
37 adds at radio in only 3 days.
Also, my son and daughter have been holding dance parties on the regular to this song since it's release. It's 🔥 in every way.
#3 Mediabase Audience
#4 Mediabase AC
#3 Billboard/BDS AIRPLAY
#2 Billboard/BDS AC MOnitored
#4 overall with a score of 4.12 (95% familiar).
F25-34 = 4.19
F35-44 = 4.10
F45-54 = 4.09
82 AC stations on…new at WFSH/Atlanta, WFFH/Nashville, KCBI/Dallas, KKFS/Sacramento, KVNE/Tyler, KJNW/Kansas City, KTSY/Boise, KLTY/Dallas, KFSH/LA, WGTS/Washington DC, KLJY/St. Louis, WAKW/Cincinnati, WCVO/Columbus, Christian FM, WAFJ/Augusta, WPAR/Roanoke, WCQR/Johnson City, WGNV/Green Bay and KVMV/McAllen.
56+ million streams across all platforms. Elevation has a TOP 5 streaming audience on Spotify every week this song is adding 800,000+ streams to it's count. There are 2+ million streams every week right now on the song across all streaming platforms.
Planning Center #5 overall(35,000+ churches weekly data)
CCLI SongSelect - #5 overall (70,000+ worship leaders subscribed)
Nielsen Consumption (Top 200 Christian Songs):
1. Reckless Love - 16,508
2. So Will I (100 Billion X) - 10,620
3. Do It Again - 10,403
4. What A Beautiful Name - 8,774
5. Grace Got You - 7,491
6. joy. - 7,462
7. I Just Need U - 7,427
8. Even If - 6,923
9. Fear Is A Liar - 6,773
10. Who You Say I Am - 6,290
In 2017, Elevation Worship became the 5th highest selling and streaming act in all of Christian music on the back of significant airplay at radio for the song "O Come To The Altar" which spent 48 weeks on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart (15 weeks in the TOP 5) and spent 38 weeks on Billboard's AC Monitored chart (26 weeks in the TOP 10). It was one of the most-played songs in all of 2017 at Christian radio. "O Come To The Altar" was just certified GOLD by RIAA!
"This song is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. I believe our testimony is one of the most powerful tools we have as followers of Jesus. You know, it’s looking back and remembering how God came through for you, how He provided for you that time when you didn’t know how you were gonna pay that month’s rent, or how He was with you when you walked through the loss of that relationship. This song has been a reminder for me that even when I felt like giving up…felt like quitting…I remember this, that God is FOR ME, and God is WITH ME. The Scripture says in Lamentations 3:22-23“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness.” “Do It Again” is a personal declaration that come what may, my confidence remains in the faithfulness of God and in the promises He has made me.”
KEY STATS for "Do It Again":
Top 5 in Christian music on Nielsen's weekly consumption chart (streams + sales)
#5 on Planning Center
#5 on CCLI's SongSelect chart
56+ MILLION streams across all platforms
Reckless Love from Cory Asbury reached #1 on the Mediabase Christian Audience chart in only 7 weeks.
This song has changed me in so many ways. The love of God is extraordinary. The reality of what He has done for me through Christ while I was an enemy of God just blows me away. This song is being heard every day on the radio by millions of people and I’m so honored to have a role in carrying it to radio. If you have not heard Reckless Love yet, watch the video and let it sink into your soul.
I've been thinking about this question for a while...
Is the Christian AC audience ready for the modern pop sound?
We all know the trend...a sound gets popular in the general market. Two years later the CCM labels sign and develop acts that sound like this. Two years after that, those acts start getting played on the radio.
The problem is, we have access to more information and data than we ever have had before. Can we jump into these musical trends sooner? If so, now's the time for Christian AC to start playing some pop music.
The general market is FULL of this sound and has been for a while...
Mike Couchman (PD at JOY FM and Boost 101.9 in St. Louis, MO) posted this to the CHR forum a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it with you...
Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) had a down year compared with 2016, but it remained the top-ranked format in terms of audience share among kids 6-11, teens 12-17, Millennials aged 18-34 and persons 25-to-54.
Listening to Urban Contemporary stations (also known as hip-hop) was much more prevalent among younger audiences
Hot AC lands at the FIFTH highest rated format of the year. Hot AC, in case you haven't spent a lot of time with it, sounds nothing like Christian Hot AC. It's essentially Pop/CHR but they add slower and are generally conservative on the rhythmic side.
When you combine Pop AND Hot AC shares among all ages, you get a 13.5 share. That's nearly 4 shares ahead of News/Talk (which would be #2). Throw Urban in and you're at a whopping 17.3 share.
I've been watching KOST in LA for a while now and have noticed that this sound is all over their airwaves. Here are a few examples of songs they have in current rotation:
"Treat You Better" from Shawn Mendes
"Something Jus Life This" from Chainsmokers and Coldplay
"Believer" from Imagine Dragons
"What Lovers Do" from Maroon 5
A look at the Billboard AC Top 30 reveals even more pop at the format...
Zedd feat. Justin Bieber
Examples of this sound are all over the format in recurrent as well. I simply pulled a few currents to illustrate the point.
The general market is all over this sound. Is the Christian AC audience ready for it? Are you as a programmer ready to introduce it to them?
I know there are a lot of reasons the Christian AC format is where it is sonically and there are reasons the audience comes to you that are much more important that the sound/vibe but this is all something to think about for the new year...
It might be possible to give them what they're coming to you for while giving them a sound that sounds like right now.
Thanks for reading!
I couldn't be more proud of Joshua Micah for his latest accomplishment! His second single "Who Says" just reached #1 on Billboard's Christian Hot AC/CHR chart in its 12th week on the chart! Huge thank you to Boost 101.9 (Mike Couchman and Jeremy Louis) for introducing me to Joshua back in October of '16 when he released his song "Parachute". It's been a blast running this song up the chart. So grateful to my radio friends for all of the support at Hot AC/CHR radio!
Boost 101.9 in St. Louis
NGEN in Houston, TX
y102.5 in Hartford, CT
The Q 99.7 in Springfield, MA
The Q 90.1 in Worcester, MA
SolutionFM in Bangor, ME
The Z in Spartanburg, SC
SpiritFM in Tampa, FL
Power88.3 in Port Huron, MI
MyFuelFM in Traverse City, MI
Q90FM in Green Bay, WI
Power88 in Mobile, AL
Spirit 106.9 in Fort Smith, AR
PULSE 101.7 in Des Moines, IA
My New Life Radio in Joplin, MO
The House FM network
#1 songs are always a huge deal. I'm so honored to be part of this one alongside my friends Chris Hauser, Matt Ingle and Katie Green. Thankful to our friends at radio for supporting Danny and this great song. Congrats to the team at Maximum Artist Group and BMG as well. What an accomplishment!
I'm honored to have been asked 10 Questions this week by All Access. I love Christian music and I love Christian radio. I'm thrilled to be part of this business and very grateful that I have a chance to be involved in something I love so much. Please check it out.
This is a big week. Coming out of CMB's Momentum 2015, Lauren Daigle's song "First" is in the TOP 5 at Billboard's Christian Airplay chart (#4 this week) AND both the song and her album are #1 on iTunes in their category. Unreal. Congrats to Lauren and the entire team at Centricity Music and Eaglemont Entertainment. What an incredible accomplishment.
Thanks to Gary Trust and Billboard for the write-up! I'm very honored to be part of this team. Congrats to John Butler, Sean Hannon and the team at Curb Records on the third Top 10 single for Plumb on this chart. Also, massive congrats to Chris Hauser, Matt Ingle, Katie Green as well...I'm thrilled to be on the team with you all!
I've been following a site called HisAir.net for many years now. It's a radio industry trade site run by a guy named Ted Kelly. Ted does a tremendous job each week reporting on the news and happenings in Christian radio, posts great research data from Hit Music Research and features some excellent columns each week. He also does a weekly interview with someone associated with Christian radio...often PDs and MDs, on-air talent and sometimes, music industry professionals.
I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Ted at HisAir.net and this week, my interview is featured on the site.
The Joy Enriquez promo tour is complete. We began the trip with New Life Media's Joe Buchanan and his sweet family and ended it in Atlanta with 104.7 The Fish PD Mike Blakemore and Promotions Director, Chad Davis. 10 days. 16 radio stations.
Relationships like this are the reason I'm passionate about Christian music. You can do your job and be faithful to promote artists and music well and be blessed and build friendships along the way. All for the furthering of the kingdom. Quite a blessing indeed!
On another note, Joy shared her entire album with us along the trip...first time I've heard the whole thing. Im quite blown away. Excited for everyone to hear it. It's another level.
I'm honored to be part of the team that's promoting Lauren Daigle's new single "First" to Christian radio. I've been a huge fan of Lauren since she started putting up live videos on her YouTube channel in 2014 so being part of her team is quite a thrill. She's a star...she has incredible voice, a dynamic personality AND she's the real deal. She truly makes music for all of the right reasons. The new single impacts Christian radio June 19.
You can watch the lyric video here: