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Jekalyn Carr Claims Her Seventh Gospel Airplay Chart-Topper With ‘I Believe God’

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Jekalyn Carr nets her seventh No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay list (dated Oct. 21) as “I Believe God” ascends to the summit.

The song, which Carr wrote solo, marks her fourth Gospel Airplay leader in succession. It follows “My Portion,” which led for a week in June 2022; “Jehovah Jireh,” which dominated for two weeks in July 2021; and “Changing Your Story,” which topped the tally for a week in September 2020.

Carr first led Gospel Airplay in September 2016 when “You’re Bigger” began a four-week command. She subsequently led with “You Will Win” (six weeks, beginning in February 2018) and “It’s Yours” (nine, beginning in February 2019).

Carr has netted the fourth-most Gospel Airplay No. 1s among all acts, dating to the survey’s March 2005 inception. Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann are tied for first with 10 each, followed by James Fortune & FIYA (eight).

Meanwhile, as Carr rings up her fourth No. 1 in a row, she ties Mann for the longest active streak of leaders among women. Mann’s “Finished” ruled for three weeks beginning in March, becoming her fourth leader in as many tries dating to December 2020.

Among all artists, Todd Dulaney and Jonathan McReynolds are each working on active streaks of five No. 1s. Dulaney has a chance to make it six straight soon: His current single “It’s Working,” with Hezekiah Walker, rises to a new No. 4 high.

“I Believe God” is the first single from Carr’s self-titled album, due Friday (Oct. 20).

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