Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s New Album Debuts At No. 1

GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with her newest album, Royalty: Live at The Ryman. The acclaimed new project, accompanied by striking live performance videos, is already being called the singer’s most vulnerable and mature recording to date.

Last night, executives from Motown Gospel also surprised Tasha with news that her debut album, Grace, had been certified Gold by the RIAA, having sold over 500,000 album equivalents. Released in 2013, Grace is a fan favorite, yielding hits such as “For Your Glory,” and the career-launching “Break Every Chain,” which earned a GRAMMY and was certified Platinum (with over 1 million song equivalents) last year.

Recorded before “an audience of One”, Royalty: Live at the Ryman features standout hits “Pour It Out” and “Release The Sound,” as well as the lead single, “In Spite of Me.” Guest artists on the project include longtime friend and collaborator Kierra Sheard as well as popular family band We The Kingdom. Throughout the 17-track project, Tasha merges her country, bluegrass and gospel music roots to present an authentic worship experience.

KB Reaches Top 5 With ‘His Glory Alone’ Album

His Glory Alone, the blazing personal statement from chart topping, award winning hip-hop artist KB, has enjoyed a successful first week on the charts. The album slotted in at No. 3 on the Contemporary Christian Albums Chart, and sits at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart. KB’s new album contains some of his most raw and uninhibited work to date, displaying unfiltered emotion regarding the anguish of racial injustice, colorism, and systemic subjugation.

The Tampa, Florida native draws directly from intimate experiences of struggle, strife, and redemption to create an album that reflects the urgency of our times. KB is a No. 1 hitmaker, receiving critical acclaim for his five studio releases with three No.1s on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, top 5 appearances on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums Chart, and placement on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart.

The hip hop artist and entrepreneur celebrated his fifth Dove Award nomination earlier last month, as “Armies” was nominated for Rap / Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year. In addition to music, KB has stepped into the role of creative visionary for his clothing business Native Supply, and as host and co-producer for the faith and culture podcast Southside Rabbi, which is now in its second season.

William McDowell Receives 2020 Billboard Music Award Nomination

GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning worship leader, pastor and author, William McDowell, received his first “Billboard Music Award” nomination today for “Top Gospel Album” for his live album, The Cry (Integrity Music). This album earned McDowell’s fifth No. 1 debut album in his storied career on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums’ chart. The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. “Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music.

McDowell‘s album has also been nominated for a 2020 GMA Dove Award for “Gospel Worship Album of the Year,” and the song from the album, “Only You Can Satisfy (Live),” for “Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.” The Dove Awards will air on TBN on Friday, October 30th.

The Cry was recorded at Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga, TN and featured special guest artists Nathaniel Bassey, Travis Greene, Yolanda Adams, David & Nicole Binion, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Trinity Anderson (worship leader of McDowell’s Deeper Fellowship church). The Cry is available here. The album received praise from media being touted as some of his best work to date. Currently the combined track streams for The Cry are more than 16 million, and his YouTube has more than 18 million combined streams.

Courtesy of christianbeat.org