Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) – Two-time GRAMMY® award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY’s new single “joy.” debuted at No. 1 on the Christian/Gospel Digital Tracks chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart (which blends airplay, streaming and sales) this week, marking an unprecedented debut on both charts. In addition, the song debuted on Billboard’s (ALL GENRE) Digital Song Sales chart at No. 26 making it the duo’s highest debut on that chart. The song quickly became the biggest airplay gainer this week jumping from #40 to #21 (an increase of 266%) on the Christian Airplay chart. After appearing out of the gate on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and “Pop Rising” playlists, “joy.” went on to reach Spotify’s Top 50 Global and Viral 50 USA charts.
for KING & COUNTRY, comprised of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, is on a passionate pursuit of “joy.” Reflecting on the impact of the song, Joel explains, “I think that people are so attached to their phones, screens, and social media that we need to pause and see the joy in human connection and interaction. The lyrics present the concept of joy as a choice.” Luke continues that “we wanted to really concentrate on positivity in this song and how joy draws you to people and how a person’s zeal for life, at times, is unexplainable. Choosing joy in the journey sums up the idea.”
The duo is currently on a multiple international show run. Over the past week, they have performed in Iceland, Germany, and the Netherlands, with remaining dates in Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Belgium.
About for KING & COUNTRY
Two-time Grammy award winning Australian duo, for KING & COUNTRY, comprised of brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone, garnered unanimous critical praise with their latest album – RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. Celebrated a RIAA certified gold record, No. 1 debut on iTunes, a headlining tour with 28 sold-out shows and a 60-date arena tour. Two singles from their debut album Crave also achieved gold status – their crossover hit “Fix My Eyes” and “The Proof of Your Love.” They’ve sold nearly 900,000 equivalent albums, amassed 284M on-demand streams, and 93M YouTube views. In October 2016, the Smallbone brothers released the indie film, Priceless, about human trafficking. They are now working on their third studio album set to release in 2018.