Kanye West has patient fans, that’s for sure.
Despite missing the initially announced release date (and later the originally announced time) for his latest effort, ‘Jesus is King,’ the highly anticipated project was finally unveiled mid-day October 25 courtesy of his G.O.O.D. Music imprint.
Now, as its inaugural sales tracking week has ended, it can officially be declared ‘King’ will reign over the Billboard 200.
Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’
First Week Sales (SPS): 264,000
Pure Sales: 112,000
Entering chart battle without a leading single to precede it did little to dissuade the rapper’s longtime fans from snatching up the set once it hit shelves. In fact, the LP’s massive consumption came with quite a few history making feats.
“The set marks his record-tying ninth straight album to debut at No. 1; the entirety of his charting efforts from 2005 through 2019 have opened in the top slot. West ties Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1 debuts.
West and Eminem are also now tied for the most consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard 200 [debut or otherwise].”
As if that’s not enough, ‘Jesus’ also marks a personal milestone for Yeezy as it launched with 196.9 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks, making it the biggest streaming week of his career.
Congratulations are due to West and team!