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Jesus Is King is the ninth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on October 25, 2019, through GOOD Music and distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The album follows a Christian theme, with West describing it as "an expression of the gospel." West had formed his choir group "Sunday Service" in January 2019, performing gospel songs and covers of songs from his discography. Sunday Service performed the songs "Water" and "Everything We Need" live prior to release. Jesus Is King features guest appearances from Clipse, Ty Dolla Sign, Kenny G, Fred Hammond, Ant Clemons, and the Sunday Service Choir. Production is included from West, Benny Blanco, E*vax, Finatik N Zac, Francis Starlite, Labrinth, Mike Dean, Pi'erre Bourne, Ronny J, Timbaland, and Warryn Campbell, among others. West quit taking medication for his bipolar disorder and began recording in August 2018, originally announcing the album as Yandhi. The album missed two initial release dates in September and November 2018 under its original title, before being delayed indefinitely. In August 2019, West's wife Kim Kardashian reannounced Yandhi as Jesus Is King, but it missed two planned release dates for late September 2019 under the new title. The final release was simultaneous with that of a concert film of the same name. "Follow God" was released as the lead single in November 2019, with a lyric video and music video both being produced for the song. Upon release, the album received mixed reviews from music critics. Some noted the consistency throughout and praised it in comparison to West's previous solo album Ye, while other critics expressed negative feelings towards the lyrical content. Jesus Is King stood as West's record-equaling ninth consecutive album to debut atop the US Billboard 200. With the release, West became the first artist to occupy all top ten spots on the US Christian Songs and Gospel Songs charts, respectively. West broke another record by being the first artist to simultaneously top five separate US charts: the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums. The album was a chart topper in eight other countries, including Australia and Canada, while attaining top five positions in the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. ..
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