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Grammy Award-winner Lecrae's new album 'Anomaly' debuts at No. 1

by jmaloni


Wed, Sep 17th 2014 03:10 pm

Lecrae's album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Top 200, Rap Album, Digital Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album charts  

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae released his seventh studio album, "Anomaly," to critical acclaim. The album has now officially debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart as well as several other Billboard charts, including Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album.

As noted by Billboard Magazine, " 'Anomaly' is the Grammy winner's sixth No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart and his fifth leader on Christian Albums."

Consequently, this means, " 'Anomaly' is the first title to crown both Gospel Albums and the Billboard 200, and just the fifth set to lead both Christian Albums and the Billboard 200."

Just in time for this historical release, Lecrae will sit in as a guest performer with The Roots on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday.

Lecrae is celebrating his fans this week with a digital billboard in Times Square (47th Street at Broadway Street). He encourages fans to embrace what makes them an "Anomaly" by tweeting their own handwritten message to #Anomaly. Fan pictures will be shared on the official Lecrae Times Square billboard. He's providing fans with a bonus track titled "Non-Fiction," which is available as a free download here (http://reachrecords.com/blog/post/Lecrae-X-Non-Fiction-).

The album features guest artists Andy Mineo, Kari Jobe, for KING & COUNTRY and Crystal Nicole. Impressively, last month, the single "All I Need Is You," debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and predicted the eventual success of "Anomaly."

Lecrae, known for his music message, which is often at odds with his hip-hop peers, speaks of monogamy, contentment and faith. While remaining true to his beliefs, Lecrae has managed to garner critical media buzz, release chart-topping albums and mixtapes, headline the highest-ticketed tour in the country, draw a Grammy nomination and win a Grammy award for Best Gospel Album.

Lecrae has been praised by mainstream and hip-hop press alike with features in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, XXL, Essence Magazine, Billboard and Vibe Magazine, among others. Radio personality and MTV News Executive Producer Sway Calloway recently proclaimed Lecrae's music as the "evolution of hip-hop."

His mixtape, "Church Clothes," debuted at No. 10 on iTunes as an EP, and charted on Billboard. "Gravity," Lecrae's previous studio album, broke industry records when it debuted with 70,490 units sold in its first week - making it the No. 1 rap album, No. 1 independent album and No. 3 on the Billboard 200, earning Lecrae the Grammy for Best Gospel Album.

Lecrae's message spreads beyond his music. He's a guest speaker at several major conferences and speaks to many professional sports teams throughout the year. ESPN noted, "Lecrae is highly sought-after by players around the league - and even team chaplains - for his prayer sessions. Lecrae either does them at the arena or stadium or the visiting team's hotel, typically starting two hours before the game and lasting 45 minutes."

"The Anomaly Tour" kicks off in Houston Oct. 3.

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