Winning Season 9's "The Voice" not only secured for Jordan Smith the admiration of millions of fans, it also means many are purchasing and streaming his songs. This week Smith, who is a committed Christian worshipping at a local Church of God, has 3 Top 10 hits on Billboard's Christian Song chart, a fleet never accomplished before.
Smith's Christmas song "Mary Did You Know" debuts at #1. "Mary" joins Smith's covers of "Hallelujah" (No. 2) and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" (No. 8) to give him a trio of titles in the top 10. Last week, he made chart history as the first act to have the Nos. 1 and 2 songs in the same week when "Hallelujah" was at the top with "Great" at #2. Smith is just the third (and first since 2009) to occupy three places in the top 10. The last act to manage the latter feat was Casting Crowns on Jan. 1, 2009.
According to Billboard, Smith's cover of "Mary, Did You Know" also arrives atop the the Digital Songs chart with 161,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music. He also dots the list with entries at No. 6 ("Climb Every Mountain;" 67,000) and No. 11 ("God Only Knows," with Adam Levine; 50,000).
On Hot 100, "Mary, Did You Know" also makes a good first impression as the song bows at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the highest entry of the week). He also is found at No. 72 ("Climb Every Mountain"), No. 90 ("God Only Knows") and No. 99 ("Somebody to Love").
Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Smith arrives at No. 11 with The Complete Season 9 Collection (48,000 units; 8,000 in pure album sales). The set had the highest track equivalent unit total of any album on the chart this week.