Kanye West’s gospel album Jesus Is King, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it his ninth consecutive No. 1 and tying with Eminem’s for the longest in the chart’s history.
Released on 25 October via GOOD Music/Def Jam Recordings, West’s gospel-hip-hop gamble paid off, earning 264,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending on 31 October, according to Nielsen Music. Of that total, 109,000 were in album sales, while the rest was powered by streaming activity, reports Billboard.
Jesus is King also experienced the fifth-largest streaming week for any album in 2019, coming just shot of Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding (365.4 million), Ariana Grande’s thank u, next (307.1 million), Taylor Swift’s Lover (226.1 million) and the second week of Bleeding (220.9 million).
This latest feat continues a historic streak for West on the Billboard 200. His only album to miss the No. 1 spot was his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, which debuted and peaked at No. 2. Despite that, The College Dropout is what set things in motion for West and is long-considered a fan favourite.
West officially ties Eminem for the most consecutive No.1 debuts, as Slim Shady has entered at No. 1 spot with his last nine releases – from 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP through 2018’s Kamikaze.
Similar to West, Eminem has also only missed the No.1 position once, also with his debut, 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, which debuted and peaked at No. 2.
The artist with the most debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200 remains Jay Z, who has 14 to his name, although not all consecutive.
This latest feat also places West’s record ahead of The Beatles, who saw all eight of their charting efforts between 1965’s Beatles VI and 1968’s self-titled album “White Album” reach No. 1.
Ye continues to lead his Sunday Services at the Forum in Los Angeles, taking over the venue on Sunday, 3 November.
Jesus Is King can be bought here.