Published on July 11th, 2019 | by Nina Pulley
Gospel Round-Up | 7/7/19 – 7/14/19
Kirk Franklin’s Long Live Love Tour Set to Start July 11 in Austin, TX as Album Enters 22nd Week at #1 Position on Billboard
Kirk Franklin’s Long Live Love Tour will begin this Thursday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, not far from his native Fort Worth. The star will make stops in 25 cities including New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles.1 Several gospel artists will be joining Franklin on stage, including the Clark Sisters, Travis Greene, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, gospel veteran Fred Hammond, with other musical guests to be announced. This is all happening as his release remains at the top of four of five gospel charts on Billboard – Love Theory topping the Hot Gospel Songs, Gospel Airplay, and Gospel Digital Song Sales categories, and Long Live Love topping the Top Gospel Album Charts.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “Break Every Chain” Goes Platinum
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, gospel favorite and arguably one of the most popular of the last five years, has been celebrating with friends, family, and gospel music listeners lately. “Break Every Chain” was certified platinum last Wednesday, the single selling over a million copies since its release in 2013. Since that year, accounting for the impact streaming services has had on the music industry, the RIAA and many countries count every 150 streams as a single sold. Cobbs has had a combined one million sales and/or the equivalent of 150 million digital streams, the single garnering over 13 million plays on Spotify and nearly 100 million views on YouTube.
Gospel Trends See Top Songs Staying Longer Than Those On Other Charts
On the gospel Billboard charts, most top singles have been up for more than four months. Most turnover in other genres is much faster, which leads to interesting inquiry. It seems that when songs becomes favorites, they have staying power – this might reflect trends of the media outlets that circuit them. It seems that radio stations across the country are decidedly uniform in their airplay choices and top songs tend to dominate countrywide for quite some time before people tire of the same tune. Another artist comes out with a “hit,” something sonically different from the dominating soundwaves and the cycle restarts. What the slower gospel hit turnover signifies, we can only speculate. It’s an interesting trend to watch as this year is marked by Franklin’s album, and the winter season may alight with new Christmas releases.
Jekalyn Carr in Cayman Islands
Gospel star Jekalyn Carr made a trip to the Cayman Islands to empower youth in the Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association’s Gospel Fest 2019 a few weeks ago, performing live and encouraging youth to praise and come together. She headlined the event, participating in a meet and greet before the performance and Q&A afterwards.2 At the AIM Unlimited Convention 2019, the annual summer convention of the Church of God In Christ, Inc., she performed along with Kurt Carr, Tiffany Boone and Ricky Dillard on July 4th at the Tampa Convention Center. According to her latest Instagram post , she is on vacation with a return date to be announced.
- Gail Mitchell, “Kirk Franklin Announces ‘Long Live Love’ Album and Tour Dates: Exclusive,” Billboard, March 27, 2019, , accessed July 08, 2019, https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8504325/kirk-franklin-long-live-love-album-tour-dates-exclusive.
- “Ncucaymanalumni: Events 2,” NCU ALUMNI CHAPTER CAYMAN (ACKy), June 2019, , accessed July 09, 2019, https://www.ncucaymanalumni.com/events-2/jnre595c17/Gospel-Fest-2019-Featuring-US-Gospel-Singer-Jekalyn-Carr.