(dateline - New York, NY - October 16, 2009; source: B&C Records) The platinum-selling Grammy Award-winning Gospel/R&B duo BeBe & CeCe Winans are soaring high on the charts this week as the pair's critically acclaimed reunion album STILL, is proclaimed as "inspiring and uplifting" by the nation's number one newspaper, USA Today.
Released on October 6, 2009, STILL is currently the country's #1 Gospel album as it also rides high earning the #2 R&B/Hip-Hop album and #14 on the Top 200 album chart according to Billboard Magazine and Nielsen Sound Scan. The groundbreaking debut by the gospel dynasty has proven that they are a musical force to reckoned with no matter the genre of music. The sultry and melodic sound of BeBe & CeCe are heart-felt placing no boundaries on their fans as they are embraced by all who hear their message.
The success of the new album has paralleled on the digital side as it claims #1 on iTunes and Amazon Christian/Gospel charts in addition to owning the #1 Christian & Gospel (combined chart) album position according to Billboard.biz Overall STILL nabbed the #22 spot on the iTunes chart and #31 on Billboard's Digital sales chart.
Proven to be an instant hit, the first single from the brother and sister duo "Close To You" so far has spent an astonishing five consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Gospel Charts with signs of continuing to remain the top seed. "Close to You" has received critical acclaim and sensation for its soul-stirring, smooth sound and pristine vocals. On the Urban Adult Contemporary chart the song is currently #12 and steadily climbing approaching a top #10 single on this chart.
A bona fide crossover success STILL will add to the growing list of albums from BeBe & CeCe that debuted in the Top 15 on Billboard's Top 200 albums since the release of their first album 25 years ago.
The mass appeal of the single "Close To You", is garnering extensive crossover response in Urban Adult Contemporary and Gospel radio formats. In part, the success of the heart-felt record is largely due to the constant airplay around the country from stations such as New York's WBLS & KISS, Washington, D.C.'s WMMJ, Dallas' KRNB, and Los Angeles' KJLH along with a host of gospel stations nationwide.
No stranger to chart-topping success, BeBe & CeCe exclaim, "We are so thankful to God, our fans, radio, our record company, management and the media for continuing to embrace us after 15 years. This album has been received with so much love and attention and we're truly humbled and so grateful".
Premiering 11 new BeBe & CeCe classics, STILL also includes the heart wrenching second single "Grace," "Things" (featuring brother Marvin Winans), "Let It Be" (featuring Mary Mary) and "I Found Love" (Cindy's Song) which is destined to be the wedding song of the year. The musical duo have made recent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, TBN, The Tavis Smiley Show, BET's Bobby Jones Gospel & Lift Every Voice and will be a special feature on the Gospel Music Channel's famed show, Revealed, which premieres on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 8:00pm (ET).
For more info on BeBe & CeCe, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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