American superstar rap artiste Kanye West has been named Billboard‘s Top Gospel Artist and Top Male Gospel Artist of 2020.
Although Kanye West started his career as a secular musician, in 2019 he released his first spiritual-themed album, Jesus is King.
According to Billboard, on the list of entertainers for the Top Gospel Artist chart, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin at No. 2, Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No. 3, Sunday Service Choir at No. 4, Travis Greene at No. 5, Marvin Sapp at No. 6, Kierra Sheard at No. 7, Koryn Hawthorne at No. 8, Maverick City Music at No. 9, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 10.
Also, as for Top Male Gospel Artist, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin who sits at No. 2, Travis Green, No. 3; Marvin Sapp at No. 4, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 5.
Billboard wrote, “West’s 2019 album, his first spiritual-themed set, Jesus Is King, opened atop Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. In its opening week on the Nov. 9, 2019, dated lists, the set earned 264,000 equivalent album units, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album. Since its arrival, Jesus Is King has spent more than a year at No. 1 and is the No. 1 album on the Top Gospel Albums year-end tally.
“The No. 2 Christian Album of 2020 also comes from West’s world. Jesus Is Born, credited to the Sunday Service Choir (with production by West), finishes in the runner-up position. The album was released on Dec. 25, 2019. After just a day-and-a-half of tracking, Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2 starting with 6,000 equivalent album units earned (3,000 in album sales) in the week ending Dec. 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Jesus Is Born peaked at No. 2 on Top Gospel Albums, not making it to the summit only because West’s own Jesus Is King LP was dominating at No. 1. Sunday Service Choir is also the leading gospel group of 2020.”
Billboard further stated that Kanye West’s, Follow God song was the number one song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs.
“Meanwhile, the lead track on Jesus Is King, ‘Follow God’, is the No. 1 song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs, which is powered by streaming, airplay and sales. ‘Follow God’ has spent more than 40 weeks at No. 1. Concurrently, it is the No. 1 song on the year-end Gospel Streaming Songs list and No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales.
“West’s ‘Wash us in the Blood’, featuring Travis Scott, is the No. 4 Hot Gospel Songs title of 2020. ‘Wash Us’ started at No. 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs on the surveys dated July 11. It reigned for eight weeks on the former and two frames on the latter. It’s also the No. 1 song of 2020 on Gospel Digital Song Sales,” Billboard stated.
Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu released from DSS detention
Nollywood veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, has been released from the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS).
His release was made possible by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
Agu was arrested by DSS hours after he was released by the Nigerian Army last week.
AGN made this known via a statement on their official page.
The statement signed by their Communication Director, Monalisa Chinda read, “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS.
“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.
“The elated veteran Actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from the detention.”
BBNaija winner, Whitemoney hospitalized in Lagos
Winner of the 2021 Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, reality TV show, WhiteMoney, has been hospitalized.
WhiteMoney was hospitalized on Tuesday morning.
Although the cause of his illness was not revealed, he was sighted on drips.
Alongside an Instagram video of the 29-year old receiving treatment was a caption that read, ”Good morning, break in transmission. We will be back shortly.”
BBNaija finalists have been going for media rounds since their exit from the house. His tight schedule may be responsible for his breakdown.
WhiteMoney emerged winner of the ‘Shine ya Eye edition’ ahead of Liquorose, Pere, Cross, Angel and Emmanuel on the final day of the show.
He walked away with N30million in cash and prizes adding up to N60million.
You begged me to save your marriage, see you in court – Tonto Dikeh replies Jane Mena
Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has reacted to a petition filed against her by popular Instagram dancer, Jane Mena.
Jane Mena had sued Tonto Dikeh for N500m for defamation of character.
In September 2021, Tonto, in a post shared on her Instagram page, revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri has sex tapes of every woman he has slept with, including Jane Mena
Jane Mena, who is married has now filed a petition before the Police against the actress, demanding an apology in four national dailies for defamation of character.
The dancer described Tonto Dikeh’s claims as malicious and demanded that she should retract the publication on all her social media pages.
But reacting, Tonto Dikeh said Janemena came to beg her for an appointment so that she can explain herself and save her marriage, only for her to come up with a petition.
She noted that she will not release details of their conversation but would meet her in court.
Tonto Dikeh said, “If I say your sex tape exists, I say it again and again, child. You can’t be begging me behind the scenes to save your marriage and begging to see me for an appointment to explain yourself and then come with a petition.
“I’m not as dumb as your boyfriend so I wouldn’t be releasing your tape nor your call a week ago. See you in COURT.”
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