Kirk Franklin won two Billboard Music Awards during the live show that aired Sunday night, but fellow gospel music artist Erica Campbell has a theory about why the world did not see the achievement announced on TV.
"They never air 'cause they don't know the value of the gospel audience," the 44-year-old "Help" singer tweeted last Thursday.
Campbell's tweet came in response to one user addressing the Billboard Music Awards and the singer to ask: "will they air the gospel nomination on TV." more >>
While The Weekend and Adele dominated the mainstream charts at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, it was gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin and Hillsong United, one of the most popular worship groups in the world, who garnered the most wins in the gospel/Christian categories.
Held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Billboard Music Award winners were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other online sources for music. The measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound and then calculated to choose the winners.
Franklin has two hit singles from his eleventh album, Losing My Religion in in the Top 5 of the Billboard charts. At the show, he won "Top Gospel Artist" beating out Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Marvin Sapp. He was also honored with "Top Gospel Album" for "Losing My Religion" as well as "Top Gospel Song" for "Wanna Be Happy?" which is currently at a record-breaking No. 1 on the charts. more >>
The multi-platinum Christian band Casting Crowns is gearing up for the release of their latest studio album, The Very Next Thing.
Scheduled for a September release, the album marks the group's eighth studio album since their debut in 2003. Now with 9 million records sold, the band is striving to go even farther.
"Because we have the honor of walking with people in our churches, we get to see what people are going through — the issues that are impacting everyone now," frontman Mark Hall said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "It is in these situations that ideas are born for what we all need to hear right here, right now. more >>
The lead singer of the Missouri-based metalcore band The Order of Elijah announced on Saturday that he has renounced his faith, citing evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion with helping answer existential questions that he claims no Christian wanted to address.
On Saturday, Shannon Low, the lead singer of the band, confessed on the band's Facebook page that he has decided to shed his faith "like a cocoon."
In the post, Low explained that he was baptized at the age of 20, and once felt called to be a pastor. However, he derailed from that plan and spent over a decade doing drugs, having sex and playing guitar in metal bands. more >>
Social Club Misfits, known for their Christ-centered hip-hop, are boldly venturing into mainstream music with their radical faith.
Capitol Christian Records based in Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed the hip-hop duo to its roster recently and together, they presented the digital release of The Misfit Generation EP.
The newly released EP made a booming debut as it received nearly 300,000 streams and landed in the top 10 on Christian Soundscan and Billboard Charts. The five-track project ranked No. 2 on the Christian Rap Albums Chart and No.8 on Billboard's overall Rap Albums Chart. more >>
Kari Jobe knows what it's like to struggle. But the worship leader also knows how to lean on God to get through the tough times and wants to help others do the same.
The 35-year-old contemporary Christian music singer spoke at Gateway Church's Pink Impact conference in Southlake, Texas, where she shared her "very raw and honest thoughts."
"In the midst of a season where there are a lot of questions ... it's absolutely OK to voice those questions and be honest with the Lord and to worship in the midst of the pain. Worship brings breakthrough and healing," she wrote on Instagram. "Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. The night season may last a little while ... but God will surround you with songs of deliverance in it." more >>