In Lecrae's case, Anomaly is pretty much the perfect album title. Because, you see, the rapper will become one this week when the Grammy winner's seventh studio album becomes the first solo hip-hop effort by a Christian MC to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart and the Gospel Albums chart in the same week.
Not For 'Nuthin''
Not only is Atlanta-based Lecrae blazing a new path, but the top debut also marks his first #1 album to date. Anomaly moved more than 88,000 copies according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. The "All I Need Is You" rapper couldn't pull the double with an iTunes Top Albums debut as well (that honor went to the advance orders for the deluxe version of One Direction's upcoming Four album), but it was more than enough to bump down Maroon 5's V, which was down 51 percent from its debut to 80,000.
Lots Of New Faces
Just behind her was Ryan Adams with his self-titled comeback album (#4, 45,000), then country singer Brice Lee's I Don't Dance (#5, 38,000), Interpol's El Pintor (#7, 31,000), and at #12 Banks' Goddess (25,000).
Different Week, Same Bass
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" continues to rule the Digital Songs chart, moving another 312,000 copies to hold the #1 spot for another week. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" also stayed put at #2 (309,000), as did Jessie J.'s "Bang Bang" (147,000).
Fall Out Boy had the week's highest debut, storming into the #4 slot with "Centuries," which moved 138,000 for the first single from their upcoming sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande's "Break Free" suffered one of the week's biggest falls, as it moved down four spots to #10 on sales of 74,000.