*Marvin Sapp has raised the bar and broken records with “Here I Am,” his anticipated follow up to 2007’s “Thirsty.”

Not only debuting atop the Gospel Albums chart,  Sapp’s “Here I Am” debuted at no.2 on the Billboard 200 chart in the company of mainstream acts including Ludacris, Lady Antebellum and Raheem Devaughn.

With 76,000 copies moved in its first week of release, “Here I Am” is not just Sapp’s best debut but the highest charting Gospel album in the 54-year existence of the Billboard 200. Up until this week, no gospel album had reached higher than No. 3 – a rank that was met by Kirk Franklin & God’s Property with their 1997 album “The Nu Nation Project.”

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