Monday, April 15, 2024

Kanye West Scores a Number 1, Heavy on Streaming, with “Jesus is King”: Christian Market Comes Through for Him


It’s been a while since Kanye West had a big hit album. But he has one new with “Jesus is King.” Kanye’s deep dive into the Christian market has produced a winner. He knew it, and he pulled it off.

“Jesus is King” sales are heavy on streaming. Almost two-thirds of the 270,000 total sales were from streaming. Individual tracks are all over the streaming chart on

Total paid downloads came to 109,668. Streaming sales were 164,036. What makes it even sweeter that the reviews were very positive. “Jesus is King” is well made and a lot catchier than most Christian albums.

Kudos to the lucky winners of the sampling on the album. They should be getting nice checks. If they’re not, they should call their lawyers immediately.

Meantime, the short film called “Jesus is King” has made $1 million in theaters since its release last Friday. It hasn’t quite “cratered” yet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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