*Kirk Franklin is doing a “happy” dance atop Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.
The gospel artist’s latest single “Wanna Be Happy?” debuted at No. 1 on the list, marking his fourth chart topper and his first No. 1 debut. It’s also only the second time in 2015 that a track entered the list at No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart.
The song, from his forthcoming album (due in November), 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,” Franklin 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).
The only other title this year to debut at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs? “How Great Thou Art,” by season eight finalist on NBC’s The Voice Koryn Hawthorne (April 25).