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Kanye West’s ‘Thou’ hits Number 1 on the Billboard chart, following pro-Trump rants

Kanye West’s “Thou” hit Number 1 on the Billboard chart.

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Kanye West’s new album “Thou” at the top of the Billboard 200 chart this week in the aftermath of the artist’s many long-about tweets praised President Trump.

West’s latest chart-topper marks his eighth Number 1 album. He now ties with Eminem for the second-most No. 1 albums among hip-hop artists. The west is only behind Jay-Z, who had 14 Number 1 albums, while The Beatles have 19 Number 1 albums in general, according to Billboard.

West was criticized by some for his support of Trump, and conservative commentator Candace Owens. He praised Trump, in tweets, saying that they shared “dragon of energy.”

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Kanye West caused controversy over the slavery comments on TMZ

Kanye West calls 400 years of slavery, ‘a choice’ after expressing support for President Trump; Adam Housley reports from Los Angeles.

He also gave rise to controversy in May, when he told TMZ that he believed that slavery was “a choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Just as if you were there for 400 years and it is all of you? If we are spiritual in the prison. Such as, slavery also goes directly to the idea of the ‘blacks’, ” he said. “So, prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites a race. We are the human race.”

The comments prompted artists and fans to say that they were going to boycott the album.

However, this time, the numbers don’t lie. The silent majority seems to be interested in what “Thou” was all about.

The “Yikes” rapper had the seventh largest streaming debut week, with 120,000 streams, according to Billboard.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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