Hezekiah Walker's Better: Azusa The Next Generation 2 sits at the top of Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. The album flies 21-1 after pre-street date sales enabled its No. 21 debut a week earlier. The album sold 6,000 copies in the week ending July 28, and gives Walker his second No. 1 -- and second in a row.
The new 10-track set follows his chart-topping Azusa: The Next Generation, which crowned the list for three weeks in 2013.
Azusa The Next Generation 2 - Better is the powerful follow-up to Walker's 2013 album, Azusa the Next Generation, which spawned the global anthem, "Every Praise".Leading the release of the highly anticipated project is the title track and first single, "Better," which is currently #1 at Gospel radio and inspiring listeners all over the world. The album boasts nine other standout tracks, including "Work Things Out," featuring Ashley Brown, "Grateful" featuring Antonique Smith and "Holding On" with Carl Thomas.
For Azusa The Next Generation 2 - Better, Walker teamed up with longtime collaborator and hit-maker Donald Lawrence to create this body of work that embodies the inspirational messages and classic sound that have been uplifting believers and non-believers alike for more than 30 years. The central theme of the album is that regardless of your situation, things will get better. Walker shares, "We're living in a world of uncertainty. We're all going through certain things. It's a season where we need encouragement. My aim is to go around the world to put this into the atmosphere."