Entertainment Phil Wickham Tops Christian Airplay Chart With ‘Battle Belongs’
Machine Gun Kelly & Blackbear Make History Atop the Alternative Airplay Chart
For the first time in the three-decade history of Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart, two soloists in lead roles on a song hit No. 1. “My Ex’s Best Friend,” by Machine Gun Kelly and Blackbear, ascends to the top spot on the tally dated March 13.The song marks MGK’s first Alternative Airplay ruler. Having shifted from rap to a rock sound, he previously peaked at a No. 2 best with “Bloody Valentine” in September.Blackbear, meanwhile, snags his first Alternative Airplay No. 1 as a lead artist, having also reached No. 1 as featured on All Time Low’s “Monsters” last year.
earns his second No. 1 on Billboard’s chart as “Battle Belongs” ascends to the top of the April 10-dated survey. In the airplay tracking week ending April 4, it increased by 5% to 9.1 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.
Wickham wrote the track with Brian Johnson.
“Before it was released, ‘Battle Belongs’ became my personal prayer of hope and faith in the middle of a difficult season,” Wickham tells Billboard, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s so incredible to see how so many people, families and communities have taken it and made it their own anthem. What an honor it is to use music to point people to the hope that I have found in Jesus.”
Black Eyed Peas & Shakira’s ‘Girl Like Me’ Tops Latin Airplay Chart
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira add a new No. 1 to their scorecards as “Girl Like Me” jumps 4-1 on the Latin Airplay chart (dated March 13). It’s the Peas’ fourth consecutive No. 1 and Shakira’s 15th — her first since “Clandestino,” with Maluma, ruled for one week in Sept. 2018.“Girl Like Me” advances to the top boosted by a 33% gain in audience impressions, to 11 million, earned in the week ending March 7, according to MRC Data.The song is the fifth single from Black Eyed Peas’ Translation, the trio’s first bilingual LP. It debuted at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart and No.
On Billboard’s multi-metriclist, “Battle Belongs,” pushes 3-2 for a new high. It drew 1.7 million U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending April 1.
The 36-year-old San Diego native attained his first Christian Airplay leader in 2014 when “This Is Amazing Grace” ruled for 10 frames starting that March. Of his 18 charted titles, he has banked six top 10s. His third entry, “Safe,” became his first top 10, peaking at No. 4 in 2010.
“Battle Belongs” follows Wickham’s “Great Things,” which reached No. 7 last July.
Wickham’s new No. 1 is the lead single from his album Hymn of Heaven, due June 25.
Florida Georgia Line Lands 15th No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart With ‘Long Live’ .
Florida Georgia Line earns its 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as “Long Live” rises 3-1 on the April 10-dated list, up 9% to 28.3 million impressions, according to MRC Data. The tandem of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard pass Rascal Flatts for the second-most leaders among duos and groups in the chart’s 31-year history, after Brooks & Dunn’s 20. Among all acts, Kenny Chesney leads with 31 No. 1s.“Live,” which Hubbard and Kelley wrote with Corey Crowder, David Garcia and Josh Miller, marks FGL’s first Country Airplay leader since “Simple” in October 2018. In between, the act hit a No.