Phil Wickham earns his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart as “Battle Belongs” ascends to the top of the April 10-dated survey. In the airplay tracking week ending April 4, it increased by 5% to 9.1 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.
Wickham wrote the track with Brian Johnson.
“Before it was released, ‘Battle Belongs’ became my personal prayer of hope and faith in the middle of a difficult season,” Wickham tells Billboard, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s so incredible to see how so many people, families and communities have taken it and made it their own anthem. What an honor it is to use music to point people to the hope that I have found in Jesus.”
On Billboard’s multi-metric Hot Christian Songs list, “Battle Belongs,” pushes 3-2 for a new high. It drew 1.7 million U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending April 1.
The 36-year-old San Diego native attained his first Christian Airplay leader in 2014 when “This Is Amazing Grace” ruled for 10 frames starting that March. Of his 18 charted titles, he has banked six top 10s. His third entry, “Safe,” became his first top 10, peaking at No. 4 in 2010.
“Battle Belongs” follows Wickham’s “Great Things,” which reached No. 7 last July.
Wickham’s new No. 1 is the lead single from his album Hymn of Heaven, due June 25.