Atlanta rapper Lecrae hits No. 1 on Billboard album chart with 'Anomaly'

What a day for Lecrae.

The Atlanta-via-Texas hip-hop star earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with "Anomaly," his seventh studio album and the first release on his Reach Records label to hit the top spot.

"Anomaly" sold 88,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, besting the launch of his 2012 album, "Gravity," which opened with 72,000 copies and a No. 3 chart debut.

Lecrae, whose work leans heavily in the Christian music realm, also hit No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart, which makes "Anomaly" the first title to debut at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. Lecrae's feat is also only the fifth time a record has led both the Christian Albums and Billboard 200 chart (Atlantan Chris Tomlin achieved the distinction last year with his "Burning Lights" album).

Lecrae will continue his victory lap this week with a performance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"; he'll reportedly perform "All I Need is You" with The Roots.

The humble star tweeted his thanks to fans yesterday.

As proof of his multi-genre appeal, Lecrae is also nominated for a BET Hip-Hop Award this weekend for Impact Track for his song, "Nuthin'." The show tapes Saturday at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and will air on BET Oct. 14.

Lecrae's "Anomaly" tour plays The Tabernacle on Nov. 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.