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Hillsong Young & Free releases ‘All of My Best Friends’

Grammy nominated Hillsong Young & Free’s fourth career album “All of My Best Friends” has just been released. The new compilation features 20 newly-penned songs (13 live performance tracks and seven studio recordings), including the group’s breakout single “Best Friends” which peaked at #1 on the Hot AC chart and remains the highest audio debut of any Hillsong track with more than 6.3 million global streams.

Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, “All of My Best Friends” was born out of collaboration, unity and seeking to express the raw, bright-eyed passion of Hillsong’s youth group. The new project captures the uninhibited feeling of discovering the love of Jesus and is a reminder that we are all connected to each other.

“I think our greatest hope for our music is that people, whatever their background, circumstance or belief, would know that there is a purpose for their life,” says Young & Free’s Melodie Mezieres-Wagner. “That there is more to life than what they see and that they’re not alone and never have been.”

“We never could have imagined the turn of events that would follow the recording of this album and yet it is full of relevant songs that bring joy and perspective in the midst of uncertain times,” adds Young & Free’s Laura Toggs. “The very essence of Young & Free is a sound that unlocks joy within our hearts. We’ve been waiting to release it at the right time. I think it’s important right now…that you get an infection of joy.”

In January 2020, Young & Free released their first in a series of six singles leading up to the album launch, all of which have garnered more than 15 million global streams to date. Previously released 2020 tracks (also featured on the new album) include “Uncomplicated,” “As I Am,” “World Outside Your Window,” “Lord Send Revival,” “Best Friends,” and current radio single “Never Have I Ever” (#20 at Hot AC) which quickly gained radio momentum with eight adds out of the box. The new song continues to build at radio in the “new & active” category on the Christian Airplay and Hot AC charts.

Since forming in 2013, Hillsong Young & Free has released three highly successful albums and more than 20 singles, acquiring over 459 million YouTube channel views and 1.2 billion global career streams (with a 700,000 plus global unit career consumption). With a combined social following of 3 million plus fans, Young & Free has seen seven No. 1 career singles and 10 Top 5 singles at Hot AC radio. Their debut album “We Are Young & Free” landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while “Youth Revival” garnered the group its first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (2017). Their recent single “Every Little Thing” hit #1 at Hot AC radio for eight weeks, making it the longest running #1 for the band.

“All of My Best Friends” follows on the heels of the youth worship collective’s 2018 studio album “III” that earned the group tremendous acclaim amassing over 75 million streams and 75,000+ units in global consumption.

All of My Best Friends Track Listing:

World Outside Your Window (Live)
Never Have I Ever (Live)
Best Friends (Live)
Indescribable (Live)
As I Am (Live)
Uncomplicated (Live)
New Thing (Live)
Need Your Love (Live)
Glimpse (Live)
Keep On (Live)
All My Life (Live)
Everything I Could Want (Live)
Lord Send Revival (Live)
World Outside Your Window
Never Have I Ever
Best Friends
Indescribable
As I Am
Uncomplicated
Need Your Love

Brooke Fraser streams live concert to support New Zealand

Brooke Fraser has streamed a live set of her songs to help raise money for Kiwis in the music industry affected by the coronavirus.

No longer based in New Zealand, the proud Kiwi hasn’t forgotten her roots and where it all started.

“Thanks so much to all 8,000+ of you who tuned in to last night’s live Instagram set – some of you like @lauralexanixon below wearing your @brookefraser merch! ?” she stated on Instagram. ⁣⁣

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Thanks so much to all 8,000+ of you who tuned in to last night’s live Instagram set – some of you like @lauralexanixon below wearing your @brookefraser merch! ? ⁣⁣ ⁣ Where did you join us from and what was your favourite song/moment? ⁣⁣ ⁣ It was such a special time together and a huge thanks to all who donated to @musichelpsnz – your generosity is going to make such a big difference to the music biz Kiwis doing it tough. Much aroha for and to you all! ⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ #repost @lauralexanixon Pulled out the ol' laptop cam to capture this moment, hence the horrible quality. Watching a @brookefraser Instagram Live concert ? wearing the T-Shirt she signed for me back in 2010 ?. I've missed her and her healing music so much that I legit had a wee cry ?. What a kiwi legend for doing this and raising money for an awesome organisation. #LockdownConcert #thenewnormal

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“It was such a special time together and a huge thanks to all who donated to @musichelpsnz – your generosity is going to make such a big difference to the music biz Kiwis doing it tough. Much aroha for and to you all! ⁣ ⁣⁣

“Music Helps Live has been established to bring crisis relief funds to the thousands of Kiwis in the New Zealand music industry facing hardship due to the closures and cancellations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic (these are my people!). 100% of support raised will go directly to people in need. ”

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Lauren Daigle smashes it on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Award-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle has made another appearance on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show. The shows, as part of the Jimmy Kimmel Love! Mercedes-Benz Concert Series, saw her wow the crowd.

Along with her recent single You Say, she also performed This Girl.

At the recent Grammys, Daigle won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance with her song You. She also won best album with Look Up Child – for which she beat Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith and Zach Williams.

Daigle has risen up the charts in terms of popularity, too. She was under fire for her comments about homosexuality, as well as performing on the Ellen De Generes show, which dramatically lifted her profile.

Who You Say I am is the world’s top worship song

Hillsong Worship’s ‘Who You Say I Am’ hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Airplay Chart, which is a big deal.

“Who You Say I Am” follows in the footsteps of Hillsong Worship’s genre-smashing anthem, “What A Beautiful Name.” Previously holding the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart for nine consecutive weeks and earning the group its first career GRAMMY, “What A Beautiful Name” remains the fastest-growing song in modern church history.

 

 

Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly Win Grammy Awards

Christian musicians Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly have had success at the Grammy Awards, with each of the stars taking home two Grammys each.

Both received their awards in the Christian and Gospel categories.

Lauren Daigle won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance with her song You. She also won best album with Look Up Child – for which she beat Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith and Zach Williams.

Daigle has risen up the charts in terms of popularity, too. She was under fire for her comments about homosexuality, as well as performing on the Ellen De Generes show, which dramatically lifted her profile.

She reached the top place in Christian charts in America, as well as finding her way into the secular charts with ‘You Say’, which reached number 34 in the Hot 100 in January.

Daigle was nominated in 2015 for her debut album “How Can It Be,” and received another nomination in 2016 for her song “Trust In You.”

Tori Kelly was also nominated in 2016 for Best New Artist. The pop singer who released a gospel album last year won for both gospel categories. She won Best Gospel Album for “Hiding Place” and Best Gospel Song for “Never Alone.” Multiple Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin produced the album and co-wrote the hit song.

Hillsong Young and Free top TCM National Charts

Australian contemporary worship ensemble, Hillsong Young & Free has nabbed top honors for Song Of Year from Australia’s national Christian music airplay chart, TCM. And American singer tobyMac has landed the honor for Artist Of The Year.

Chart researcher Wes Jay says Young & Free’s song Let Go has secured the most airplay of any Christian song on Australian Christian radio in the past year, while tobyMac has generated the most high rotation airplay of any Christian act across multiple tunes.

Let Go this year spent a total of 30 weeks in the survey,” Mr Jay says.

“It owned the top spot for four weeks and dominated the Top 5 for 20 weeks.

“This is the first time Young & Free has nabbed Song Of The Year while it’s tobyMac’s third win for Artist Of The Year,” Wes says.

tobyMac secured Artist honors with the songs I Just Need U and Everything, plus Bleed The Same (Mandisa) and Right On Time (Aaron Cole) on which he’s the featured act.

Previous honors for TCM Song Of the Year include Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells (2017), Shinny Roads – Emma Mullings (2016), Touch The Sky – UNITED (2016), Fix My Eyes – For King & Country (2014), and Words – Hawk Nelson (2013).

Acts previously honored for Artist of the Year include Young & Free (2017), For King & Country (2016, 2014, and 2013), and tobyMac (2015, 2012).

Jay says the annual airplay report shows “strong” support for Australian Christian artists from the sector.

“A total of 21 songs by Australians secured positions in the Top 100; four scored places in the Top 10, and seven in the Top 50,” Wes says.

“In addition to Young & Free, label mates UNITED and Hillsong Worship, as well as Finding Faith, For King & Country, Emma Mullings, Bel Thomson and Mel Crothers have scored the strongest airplay for Aussie acts this year,” he adds.

2018 marks the 20th year that TCM (or TRAA as it was initially known) has published its annual Top 100 survey of the most played Christian songs, and most played Christian artists on Christian radio throughout Australia.