Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin’s ‘Never Alone’ Hits No. 1 On Hot Gospel Songs Chart

Kelly lands her first leader and Franklin adds his sixth.

Tori Kelly’s “Never Alone,” featuring Kirk Franklin, ascends 2-1 on Billboard‘s streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Jan. 12), becoming Kelly’s first leader on the list and Franklin’s sixth.

The track reigns in its 19th week with 3.7 million in airplay audience and 339,000 on-demand U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.

“I’m so humbled that people are loving and listening to this song,” Kelly tells Billboard. “It’s amazing to see a positive reaction to something that came straight from my heart. I’m forever grateful.”

Kelly and Franklin wrote the song, while the latter also produced parent album Hiding Place, Kelly’s first faith-based set. It arrived as her first No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart dated Sept. 29, 2018.

“Alone” also ranks at No. 21 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. Being dually promoted to both Gospel and Christian radio, it bullets at No. 21 on Gospel Airplay and No. 22 on Christian Airplay. It additionally revisits its No. 25 high on Adult R&B Songs, where it’s Kelly’s first charted title and Franklin’s 19th.

Franklin extends his mark for the most No. 1s in the history of Hot Gospel Songs, which began in 2005. After Franklin’s six, James Fortune & FIYA, Donald Lawrence, Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard follow with four apiece.

“Alone” dethrones Koryn Hawthorne’s “Won’t He Do It” atop Hot Gospel Songs. Hawthorne’s second No. 1 first reached the summit last March and spent 41 weeks atop the list, the longest reign by a woman. Overall, only two songs have led longer: Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It,” for 46 frames starting in 2007, and Franklin’s “Wanna Be Happy?” (45 weeks, 2015-16).


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