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Lecrae’s ‘Anomaly’ is 21st highest-selling rap album in 2015 even though it released in 2014

For the second straight year, Lecrae’s seventh studio album Anomaly was the highest-selling album in Christian hip hop, as well as one of the highest-selling rap and independent albums, according to Billboard.

“In a world where album sales continue to dwindle and majors struggle to find success, Anomaly continues to live up to its name,” industry expert Tim Trudeau, CEO of digital distribution company Syntax Creative, said. “Lecrae’s independent label has done what few majors are able to do — push a single record to endure on yearly charts for back-to-back years.”

Reach Records released Anomaly on Sept. 9, 2014. It finished 2014 ranked the 12th highest-selling rap album and ninth highest-selling independent album on Billboard’s year-end charts, which use sales data compiled by Nielsen Music.

The following year, Anomaly continued to fly off the shelves enough that it stayed on those Billboard lists. It charted No. 21 among rap albums and No. 10 among independent albums.

The only other project to chart among the top 25 rap albums in 2014 and 2015 was G-Eazy’s These Things Happen, which Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA Records released, and Anomaly still outsold These Things Happen both years.

Here are this year’s top-selling rap albums, according to Billboard.

  1. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
  2. 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
  3. To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  4. The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj
  5. Dreams Worth More Than Money – Meek Mill
  6. What A Time To Be Alive – Drake & Future
  7. Compton – Dr. Dre
  8. Dark Sky Paradise – Big Sean
  9. DS2 – Future
  10. Shady XV – Various Artists
  11. At.Long.Last.A$AP – A$AP Rocky
  12. Furious 7 – Soundtrack
  13. The Album About Nothing – Wale
  14. Hood Billionaire – Rick Ross
  15. Sremmlife – Rae Sremmurd
  16. Globalization – Pitbull
  17. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
  18. Love Story – Yelawolf
  19. Touch Down 2 Cause Hell – Boosie BadAzz
  20. The Documentary 2 – The Game
  21. Anomaly – Lecrae
  22. These Things Happen – G-Eazy
  23. The Young OG Project – Fabolous
  24. Special Effects – Tech N9ne
  25. Ludaversal – Ludacris

Photo by Philip Rood

READ MORE: Lecrae named among ‘Power 100’ of inspiring African-Americans by Ebony

David Daniels
David Daniels
David Daniels is a columnist at Rapzilla.com and the managing editor of LegacyDisciple.org. He has been published at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, CCM Magazine, Bleacher Report, The Washington Times and HipHopDX.


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