Kanye West Named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist Of 2020




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Controversial rapper, Kanye West has been named Billboard‘s Top Gospel Artist 2020 after he released his first spiritual-themed album, Jesus is King.

2020, Kanye West has been named Billboard‘s Top Gospel Artist 2020 and is also Top Male Gospel Artist 2020.

According Billboard, list of entertainers for Top Gospel Artist chart, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin at No. 2, Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No. 3, Sunday Choir at No. 4, Travis Greene at No. 5, Marvin Sapp at No. 6, Kierra Sheard at No. 7, Koryn Hawthorne at No. 8, Maverick at No. 9, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 10.

Also, as for Top Male Gospel Artist, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin who sits at No. 2, Travis Green at No. 3, Marvin Sapp at No. 4, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 5.

Billboard wrote, “West’s 2019 album, his first spiritual-themed set, Jesus Is King, opened atop Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. its opening week the Nov. 9, 2019, dated lists, the set earned 264,000 equivalent album units, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album. Since its arrival, Jesus Is King has spent than a year at No. 1 and is the No. 1 album the Top Gospel Albums year-end tally.

“The No. 2 Christian Album of 2020 also comes West’s world. Jesus Is Born, credited the Sunday Choir ( production by West), finishes the runner- . The album released Dec. 25, 2019. After just a day-and-a-half of tracking, Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2 starting 6,000 equivalent album units earned (3,000 in album sales) in the week ending Dec. 26, according Nielsen /MRC Data. Jesus Is Born peaked at No. 2 on Top Gospel Albums, not making it to the summit only because West’s own Jesus Is King LP dominating at No. 1. Sunday Choir is also the leading gospel group of 2020.”

Billboard stated that Kanye West’s, Follow God song the one song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs.

“Meanwhile, the lead track on Jesus Is King, “Follow God,” is the No. 1 song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs, which is powered by streaming, airplay and sales. “Follow God” has spent than 40 weeks at No. 1. Concurrently, it is the No. 1 song on the year-end Gospel Streaming Songs list and No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales.

“Plus, West’s “Wash Us in the Blood,” featuring Travis Scott, is the No. 4 Hot Gospel Songs title of 2020. “Wash Us” started at No. 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs on the surveys dated July 11. It reigned for eight weeks on the former and two frames on the latter. It’s also the No. 1 song of 2020 on Gospel Digital Song Sales,” Billboard wrote.

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