After setting sales records for its new album, Casting Crowns is embarking on a major 41-city tour from February through May. Joining the Grammy winners on tour are Kutless (February and March), Tenth Avenue North (April and May) and Caleb—a new band featuring brothers Caleb and Will Chapman (sons of Steven Curtis Chapman). World Vision will serve as tour sponsor.

In other CC news, frontman Mark Hall has reworked his latest devotional book for teens. YOUR OWN JESUS: A God Insistent on Making It Personal (Student Edition) features an introduction by Max Lucado, followed by Hall's words of wisdom.

West earns top tune of 2009

Matthew West's "The Motions" is officially the top Christian tune of 2009. The song topped Billboard's Hot Christian Song and Hot Christian Adult Contemporary Song charts, while also taking fourth place on the magazine's chart for Christian songs of the entire decade.

Mercy Me's decade milestone

MercyMe's smash single "Word of God Speak" was the No. 1 Christian song of the decade, according to Billboard's charts. The band is also "Christian songs artist of the decade" thanks to its 22 chart toppers. "MercyMe's career has always been about writing songs that we believe will share the love of Christ and make him known," frontman Bart Millard wrote on the band's website. "We continue to be blown away by the support radio and fans give us and strive to continue to write music that can move your heart toward God. Here's to the next decade!"

Hanson album by album

Hanson fans, take note: On April 26-30 at New York's Blender Theatre, the brothers will perform one of their CDs in its entirety each night, followed by a finale night previewing a 2010 release. To wrap up the run, the band plays a career spanning set ...

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