Lecrae Achieves Chart-Topping ‘Anomaly’

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.17.14 in News

Lecrae has his first No. 1 album, and when it comes to the charts, the title Anomaly could hardly be more appropriate.

The rapper, who recently spoke with Wondering Sound contributor Christina Lee, sold 88,000 copies of his latest LP in the week ended September 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s good enough for the peak position on the Billboard 200, besting the No. 3 start for 2012′s Gravity. Intriguingly, it’s also the first album ever to hold the top spot on both the Gospel Albums and the Billboard 200 charts. And it’s only the fifth full-length to reign over both the Christian Albums and the Billboard 200 charts, following albums by Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, LeAnn Rimes and Bob Carlisle.

“I’m hip-hop. I don’t even really listen to gospel music,” Lecrae told Wondering Sound. “But why can’t I love Jesus?”

The rest of the top 10 offers just a little to hearten the music faithful. Last week’s chart-topper, Maroon 5‘s V, holds on at No. 2 (80K), its sales declining less than usual thanks to a concert ticket tie-in. Jhené Aiko‘s Souled Out sold pretty well, too (No. 3, 70K), in its first week. Ryan Adams, whose “Gimme Something Good” was good enough for a Late Show with David Letterman encore, scored his highest chart performance to date (No. 4; 45K) with his new album, yes, Ryan Adams.

Next up is another new album, country singer Lee Brice’s apparently Footloose-rebuking I Don’t Dance (No. 5, 38K). Jeezy‘s Seen It All: The Autobiography dropped from No. 2 to No. 6 (33K). Meanwhile, happily, Interpol‘s El Pintor notched the New York band’s third straight top 10 start (No. 7, 31K) — see our contributor John Everhart’s feature, Interpol: Finding New Life in Loss.

Nope, that’s not all. Country singer Dustin Lynch’s Where It’s At opened at No. 8 (31K). The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack dipped No. 3 to No. 9 (30K). And who was at No. 10 but Robert Plant with Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar (29K), for the Led Zeppelin singer’s eight solo top 10 overall and third straight, most recently including 2010′s Band of Joy. Considering Plant recently told Billboard the latest Led Zep reissues contain “nothing relevant,” the band that brings him the most joy just might not be his old one.

Lecrae, 'Nuthin'

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