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Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

Click to play video: 'Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ album sets record, debuts No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart' Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ album sets record, debuts No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
ABOVE: Kanye West's new album, "Jesus Is King", debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, tying a record for most consecutive number ones on the chart. – Nov 4, 2019

Kanye West‘s latest album, Jesus Is King, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the rapper’s ninth consecutive chart-topping album.

As reported by Billboard, the long-awaited record dethroned Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding for the week ending on Nov. 9.

Between 2005 and 2019, each of the Runaway rapper’s albums has reached the top of the chart in its first week.

The newest accolade now puts West, 42, on par with Eminem, who holds the record for most consecutive No. 1 debuts in the chart’s history.

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Despite fans’ mixed reactions to the album, many were curious to hear the finished product after it was delayed five times over the span of a year.

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Jesus Is King dropped on Oct. 25, 2019, and quickly became a globally trending topic on Twitter.

Within only its first week, the album earned 264,000 units in the U.S., with only 109,000 of those coming from physical or digital albums sales.

A larger number of listeners chose to stream the album instead.

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‘Jesus Is King’ trailer – Oct 18, 2019

Excluding his debut release, The College Dropout (2004), West has hit the No. 1 spot with each of his studio albums, including his 2011 smash-hit compilation with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.

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Though his first album, Infinite (1996), did not top the chart, either, Eminem’s slightly more sporadic album releases have managed to maintain the same level of recognition as West’s upon release.

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Jesus Is King IMAX film was also released in select theatres worldwide along with the album. You can watch the trailer in the video above.

Jesus Is King is now available through Spotify and Apple Music.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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