EEW MAGAZINE GOSPEL NEWS // SOURCE: BILLBOARD
Those premature engagement rumors about Pastor Donnie McClurkin may not be true, but the GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel singer’s music is certainly the truth.
Currently, his new album, The Journey (Live), which features never -before heard arrangements of his classic hits, along with three new songs, sits at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.
Moving 3,000 copies in its first week of wide release, the 14-song concert album is McClurkin’s fifth No. 1.
The three-time GRAMMY®, 11-time Stellar, and three-time Dove Award winning singer/songwriter and syndicated radio show host is proving with his seventh solo album that he still has what it takes.
McClurkin is also joined by another veteran gospel singer-songwriter in his season of success. Kirk Franklin, who recruited pop/R&B artist/producer Pharrell Williams for a remixed version of his bonafide hit “123 Victory,” has soared to the top of Billboard’s Top Gospel Songs chart.
The track debuted at No. 15 on the Hot Gospel Songs ranking dated Dec. 5, 2015, and first peaked at No. 2 in May. Now in its 41st week, it rests comfortably at No. 1 thanks to the assistance of Pharrell.
“Victory” is also No. 1 on Gospel Digital Songs, where it also reigns for the first time, surging by 1,241 percent to 4,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. Of the song’s sales during the week, 90 percent were of the new Pharrell remix.
“Victory” follows Franklin’s prior No. 1, “Wanna Be Happy?”, which logged the chart’s second-longest reign, 45 weeks). First place belongs to Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” with 46 weeks.
Listen to Franklin’s remix below