Nashville, TN (December 10, 2018)
RCA Inspiration has remained a dominating force in delivering new music and highlighting beloved favorites, with its releases garnering major honors across all of Billboard’s 2018 Year-End Charts for Gospel and Gospel Songwriting. Compiled from sales, airplay, streams, and other data measurements of performance on Billboard’s charts this past year, RCA Inspiration and its parent division Provident Label Group top the rankings on all Gospel label charts. Provident Label Group has been named #1 again on Billboard’s 2018 Year-End Charts for Top Gospel Labels, Top Gospel Album Labels, and Hot Gospel Songs Labels. RCA Inspiration has been named #1 again on Billboard’s 2018 Year-End Charts for Top Gospel Album Imprints and Hot Gospel Songs Imprints, with Verity also named #4 on Top Gospel Album Imprints.

Introducing new voices to Gospel as well as recognizing continued chart successes, for the albums and songs that have impacted fans the most – RCA Inspiration’s honors on Billboard’s 2018 Year-End Charts include – the debut Gospel albums from Koryn Hawthorne and Snoop Dogg, the latest projects and long-running treasured hits from Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, Jason Nelson, William Murphy, and more on the Top Gospel Artists, Top Gospel Albums, Hot Gospel Songs, and Gospel Streaming Songs charts (see chart details below).

RCA Inspiration SVP & GM, Phil Thornton says: “We feel so blessed to be recognized with these year-end chart honors from Billboard, and celebrate the powerful inspiration and creativity of the artists who’ve continued to take the heart of Gospel to new heights in their music and live concerts. Thank you to all the listeners and partners for your support!”

Billboard 2018 Year-End Charts

TOP GOSPEL LABELS
#1, Provident Label Group

TOP GOSPEL ALBUM LABELS
#1, Provident Label Group

HOT GOSPEL SONGS LABELS
#1, Provident Label Group

TOP 10 GOSPEL ALBUM IMPRINTS
#1, RCA Inspiration
#4, Verity

HOT GOSPEL SONGS IMPRINTS
#1, RCA Inspiration

TOP GOSPEL ALBUM DISTRIBUTORS
#1, Sony Music

TOP 20 GOSPEL ARTISTS
#2, Koryn Hawthorne
#3, Travis Greene
#5, Marvin Sapp
#8, Kirk Franklin
#17, William Murphy
#18, Jason Nelson
#20, The Walls Group

TOP 10 GOSPEL ALBUMS ARTISTS
#2, Kirk Franklin
#3, Travis Greene
#4, Marvin Sapp

TOP 20 GOSPEL ALBUMS
#2, WOW Gospel 2018
#4, Snoop Dogg, Bible of Love
#6, Travis Greene, The Hill
#7, Travis Greene, Crossover: Live from Music City
#8, Marvin Sapp, Playlist: The Very Best of Marvin Sapp
#13, Marvin Sapp, Close
#17, Kirk Franklin, The Essential Kirk Franklin
#18, Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion

HOT GOSPEL TOP 20 SONGS
#1, Koryn Hawthorne (“Won’t He Do It”)
#5, Travis Greene (“You Waited”)
#8, Marvin Sapp (“Listen”)
#10, William Murphy (“Everlasting God”)
#18, Jason Nelson (“Forever”)

HOT GOSPEL SONGS TOP 10 ARTISTS
#1, Koryn Hawthorne
#9, Travis Greene
#10, Marvin Sapp

GOSPEL AIRPLAY TOP 20 SONGS
#1, Koryn Hawthorne (“Won’t He Do It”)
#12, Jason Nelson (“Forever”)
#13, William Murphy (“Everlasting God”)
#15, Travis Greene (“You Waited”)
#18, Marvin Sapp (“Listen”)

GOSPEL AIRPLAY TOP 10 ARTISTS
#1, Koryn Hawthorne
#5, Marvin Sapp

GOSPEL TOP 20 DIGITAL SONG SALES
#1, Koryn Hawthorne (“Won’t He Do It”)
#14, Marvin Sapp (“Never Would Have Made It”)
#15, Jason Nelson (“Forever”)
#16, William Murphy (“Everlasting God”)
#18, Hezekiah Walker (“Every Praise”)

GOSPEL TOP 20 STREAMING SONGS
#8, Koryn Hawthorne (“Won’t He Do It”)
#9, Hezekiah Walker (“Every Praise”)
#10, Marvin Sapp (“The Best In Me”)
#11, Fred Hammond (“No Weapon”)
#15, Travis Greene (“Intentional”)
#16, William Murphy (“It’s Working”)
#17, Hezekiah Walker (“God Favored Me”)
#19, Travis Greene (“Made A Way”)
#20, Travis Greene (“You Waited”)

TOP GOSPEL NEW ARTISTS
#1, Koryn Hawthorne

TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS – MALE
#1, Travis Greene
#2, Marvin Sapp
#4, Kirk Franklin

TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS – FEMALE
#2, Koryn Hawthorne

TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS – DUO/GROUP
#4, The Walls Group

HOT GOSPEL SONGWRITERS
#2, Kirk Franklin
#4, Travis Greene
#10, William Murphy

HOT GOSPEL SONGS PRODUCERS
#9, Travis Greene

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Ross Cluver
Associate Publisher - Managing Editor

Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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