West’s new gospel-style album, “Jesus Is King,” which was released on October 25, has taken the number one spot on the latest Billboard 200 chart due to be released Tuesday. The Billboard 200 chart tracks the most popular albums of the week in the United States.
On top of tying Eminem, his album’s success brings Kanye another record. Last week, West’s album was streamed 196.6 million times in the U.S., his best streaming week ever. And it came in second place for most album sales this week, just behind Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” with 109,000 sales.
Def Jam Recordings, one of the recording labels the album was released through, celebrated its success worldwide in a tweet:
In October, West held a listening party for his new album in Washington, D.C., where he confirmed that he became a Christian.
“I want to let you guys know that I am not here for your entertainment this afternoon,” Kanye said, adding, “We are here to spread the gospel.”
Watch his comments below:
He spent several minutes reading his favorite Bible verses but asked the crowd to forgive him if he had trouble pronouncing words in the verses.
“Excuse me if I mispronounce anything. I am a recent convert. It means I recently got saved within this year,” he said.
West’s decision to release “Jesus Is King” and his announcement that he recently converted to Christianity has been heavily criticized by some who allege he is faking his conversion.
However, West said he plans to use his celebrity status combined with his faith to spread the Gospel. In an interview with Zane Lowe, West said, “Everything I do is for the church. […] That’s a vision that I have.”
Watch his interview below:
West added his “only mission and calling is to spread the Gospel. When I make a song, it’s to spread the Gospel.” He announced in September that he no longer plans to make secular music.