Kirk Franklin tops Billboard.# 1 with Wanabe HappyBlog
For only the second time in 2015, a track debuts atop Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart, as "Wanna Be Happy?," from Kirk Franklin's new album (expected in November), arrives on top of the list (dated Sept. 19).
"Happy" is Franklin's fourth leader and first No. 1 debut on the multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. The song sold 12,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music, and likewise launches at No. 1 on Gospel Digital Songs; Franklin previously topped the sales list with 2011's "I Smile" for 40 weeks.
"After 22 years, I'm still very humbled to play a part in people's journey to get to know God's love," the format cornerstone tells Billboard regarding his new song's breakout success. "It's more than I could have ever imagined."
"Happy" also debuts at No. 17 on Gospel Airplay (and No. 26 on Adult R&B), aided by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia-owned gospel and adult R&B stations on its release day, Aug. 28. It starts on Gospel Streaming Songs at No. 12 (162,000 U.S. streams).