Guess what Gospel music artist Kirk Franklin listens to in his car? In a recent interview,Kirk Franklin revealed that he is a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Justin Bieber and ... Taylor Swift.
"I think she is an incredible song writer," he said of Swift.
Franklin recently released his new album Losing My Religion. The record debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Current Gospel Chart and Billboard's Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart. The album also entered No.10 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Losing My Religion marks Franklin's eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.
Here is an excerpt of our review: "It's easy to misinterpret the titular of Kirk Franklin's new album "Losing My Religion." For starters, Franklin is not abandoning his Christian roots. Neither is he eskewing his references to God and faith on this album. In fact, there's nothing on this new record that suggest any crossover hints. This is a distinctively Gospel records with no shade of selling out for the secular market. Moreover, the title cut "Losing My Religion" is not a cover of REM's 90s hit song of the same name. Rather, the title cut "Losing My Religion" is a spoken song which functions more like a sermon where for 3:21 minutes Franklin berates Evangelical Christians in the West for not living out the talk we often profess. Giving a copious litany of where we as a church have not lived to our Lord's calling (including an ode to how the church should minister to homosexuals), this is a much-needed kick in the butt for those who are serious of Christ."
Continuing with a week of No. 1 wins, lead single "Wanna Be Happy?" tops the Mediabase Gospel radio chart, Billboard.com's Hot Gospel Songs and Digital Gospel Songs Charts. "Wanna Be Happy?" debuted in late August and broke the record previously set by Franklin with "I Smile (2011)" to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history. With other songs such as "Pray For Me," "When" (feat. Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway), "My World Needs You" (feat. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann), "Miracles," and the title track "Losing My Religion," Losing My Religion is Franklin's most comprehensive album yet, garnering accolades from fans, peers and critics, with the Associated Press declaring it "a very well-crafted album from the first song to the 13th."
Franklin has been on the road for the release of Losing My Religion, including a sold-out album release concert at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York on November 13th, and recent television appearances around the country including HLN, NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, PIX11 Morning News, Good Day Atlanta, Good Day DC and more.