On Tuesday, Sept. 9th, Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Lecrae released his seventh studio album, Anomaly to critical acclaim. The album has now officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart as well as several other Billboard charts including, Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album. As noted by Billboard Magazine, “Anomaly is the Grammy winner’s sixth No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart and his fifth leader on Christian Albums.” Consequently this means that, “Anomaly is the first title to crown both Gospel Albums and the Billboard 200, and just the fifth set to lead both Christian Albums and the Billboard 200.”
Just in time for this historical release, Lecrae will sit in with The Roots on The Tonight Show as a guest star performing his hit, “All I Need Is You,” amongst other records on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
Lecrae is celebrating his fans this week with a digital billboard in Times Square (47th St at Broadway St). He encourages fans to embrace what makes them an Anomaly by tweeting their own handwritten message to #Anomaly. Fan pictures will be shared on the official Lecrae Times Square billboard. He’s also providing fans with a bonus track titled “Non-Fiction” and it is available as a free download here.
The album features guest artists Andy Mineo, Kari Jobe, for King and Country and Crystal Nicole. Impressively, last month, the single “All I Need Is You,” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and predicted the eventual success of Anomaly.
Lecrae, known for his music message that is often at odds with his hip-hop peers, speaks of monogamy, contentment, and faith. While remaining true to his beliefs, Lecrae has managed to garner critical media buzz, release chart-topping albums and mixtapes, headline the highest ticketed tour in the country, draw a Grammy nomination and win a Grammy award for Best Gospel Album.
Lecrae has been praised by mainstream and hip-hop press alike with features in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, XXL, Essence Magazine, Billboard and Vibe Magazine, among others. Radio personality and MTV News Executive Producer Sway Calloway recently proclaimed Lecrae’s music as the “Evolution of Hip-Hop.”
Most recently, Lecrae’s co-headlined tour, “Winter Jam” was rated as the highest ticketed tour in the country (First Quarter) this year by Pollstar.
He’s performed on the BET Network’s Hip Hop Awards and the BET Experience, was featured on Statik Selektah’s mixtape, toured with the famed “Rock The Bells Tour” and released a mixtape that soared to double platinum status on Datpiff garnering over 500,000 downloads. The mixtape, Church Clothes, debuted at #10 on iTunes as an EP, and charted on Billboard.
Gravity, Lecrae’s last studio album broke industry records when it debuted with 70,490 units sold in its first week–making it the #1 Rap Album, #1 Independent Album, #3 on the Billboard 200, and earning Lecrae the Grammy award for Best Gospel Album. His previous album, Rehab, landed on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart debuting at No. 17, while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes. In 2013, Lecrae released his follow-up mixtape Church Clothes 2. The mixtape was hosted by Don Cannon and executive produced by Street Symphony. It featured several artists including Grammy-nominated B.o.B., Paul Wall, Novel, Kevin Ross, Crystal Nicole, King Mez; label mates Derek Minor and Tedashii, as well as production from Grammy Award-winning producers Boi-1da, David Banner, ThaInnaCircle, Dirty Rice, Tyshane and more.
Lecrae’s message spreads beyond his music, however. He’s a guest speaker at several major conferences and speaks to many professional sports teams throughout the year. ESPN noted, “Lecrae is highly sought after by players around the league — and even team chaplains – – for his prayer sessions. Lecrae either does them at the arena or stadium or the visiting team’s hotel, typically starting two hours before the game and lasting 45 minutes.”
Lecrae’s next tour, presented by Live Nation and Premier Productions, went on sale on Friday, July 25th. Featuring special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote, The Anomaly Tour kicks off in Houston on October 3rd.
Upcoming Lecrae Tour Dates:
Date Venue | Location
October 3 Berry Center | Houston, TX
October 4 Verizon Theatre | Dallas, TX
October 5 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | San Antonio, TX
October 9* Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO
October 10* Abravanel Hall | Salt Lake City, UT
October 12 Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
October 15 The Warfield | San Francisco, CA
October 17 Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
October 18 Revolution Concert House & Event Center | Boise, ID
October 19 ShoWare Center | Seattle, WA
October 23 The Riverside | Milwaukee, WI
October 24 Skyway Theatre | Minneapolis, WI
October 25 Independence Events Center | Independence, MO
October 26 Aragon Entertainment Center | Chicago, IL
October 30 The DeltaPlex | Grand Rapids, MI
October 31 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre | Indianapolis, IN
November 1 The Louisville Palace | Louisville, KY
November 2 The Fillmore Silver Spring | Washington, D.C.
November 6 The Fillmore Detroit | Detroit, MI
November 8 Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ
November 9 Tower Theater | Philadelphia, PA
November 13 Times-Union Center Moran Theater | Jacksonville, FL
November 14 The Fillmore Miami Beach | Miami, FL
November 19 Mobile Civic Center Theater | Mobile, AL
November 20 Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center | Greensboro, NC
November 21 The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
*Andy Mineo will not be performing.
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