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Jesus Is King On This Week's Albums Chart

Kanye West’s multi-media gospel protestation, Jesus Is King, debuts at No.

Jesus Is King On This Week's Albums Chart

By FYI Staff

Kanye West’s multi-media gospel protestation, Jesus Is King, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week, racking up 16,000 total consumption units, mainly through its having generated 17.9-million on-demand streams. It's his seventh chart-topping album and second consecutive smash, following Ye in 2018. Three of his previous albums also have significant consumption increases, as The Life of Pablo rockets 159-66 (+51%), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy bullets 189-114 (+30%) and Graduation re-enters at 144 (+26%).


Pony, the third and first charted album from Brit romanticist Rex Orange County, debuts at 3, achieving the highest album sales total in the week.

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Quebec neo-classical pianist Alexandra Streliski’s Adisq-winning album Inscape album returns to the chart, rocketing 174-8, matching its highest chart peak reached when it debuted in October 2018.

Walk Off the Earth’s Here We Go debuts at 11, giving the band its highest-charting album since Sing It All Away peaked at 2 in June 2015.

Other debuts in the top 50 include Nashville quintet Old Dominion’s self-titled album, at 21 (and the No. 1 Country Album of the week); James Blunt’s Once Upon A Mind, at 40; and Headstones’ Peopleskills, at 45.

In its first full week of release, Selena Gomez’s Lose You To Love Me goes straight to No. 1 on the Streaming and Digital Songs charts. It marks her first No. 1 Streaming song chart-topper, surpassing the 2nd place peak of her 2017 duet with Kygo on It Ain’t Me, and her first Digital No. 1 —topping the runner-up 2nd place status of It Ain’t Me and 2015’s Good For You.

All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by Nielsen Canada Director Paul Tuch.

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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award
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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award

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The Nashville-based musician from Montreal has been having a huge year, including her first Grammy and her first Hot 100 appearance. Accepting the award on June 19 at the iHeartRadio Canada studio, she talked about her LGBTQ+ advocacy work and the importance of playing with underrepresented musicians.

It was a special Juneteenth for Allison Russell.

Not only did she serve as the special Toronto opener for Sarah McLachlan on the Canadian icon’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 30th anniversary tour, but she earned another big honour: Billboard Canada Women In Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

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