According to Billboard, Marvin Sapp’s new album “Here I Am” is not only Sapp’s highest charting album, but the highest-ranking gospel album ever in the 54-year history of the Billboard 200 chart. The album is currently number 2 with 76,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sapp’s previous high-water mark came with his previous set, “Thirsty,” when it hit No. 28. Until this week, no gospel album had gone higher than No. 3 — a rank last reached by a gospel set when God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation debuted and peaked at No. 3 on June 14, 1997 with “God’s Property.”
Sapp’s “Thirsty” spent 81 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 712,000 units to date — an impressive number for a gospel set. Its long chart run and impressive sales figure is partially owed to his surprise smash single “Never Would Have Made It.” The tune peaked at No. 14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and lingered for 56 weeks on the list.