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Kirk Franklin on Kendrick Lamar: “I Love Great Artistry and I Think He’s A Great Artist”, Kirk Says On SFPL TV [Video]

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Kirk Franklin recently stopped by SFPL TV, Pre-album release day, to talk about his new project, religion, social media, Drake, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and more. Getting mounds of flack from the album title, Kirk continues to beat the odds and the naysayers, as his album hit the top of the charts landing 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. The new project marks Franklin’s eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.

FLY NEWS: KIRK FRANKLIN LANDS TOP SPOT ON BILLBOARD WITH NEW ALBUM ‘LOSING MY RELIGION’

About the title Losing My Religion, Kirk says:

With the new album, when I say ‘Losing My Religion’, i’m saying: that just like Marriage cannot guarantee Intimacy, Rules does not guarantee Relationship. And that Rules without Relationship leads to Rebellion. And I believe that’s why so many people leave church, or leave christianity or just any type of system of belief; because you keep stacking the rules on them. I believe that it’s a time to stop trying and start trusting.

Kirk also mentioned to that he’s currently listening to the likes of: Taylor Swift [he mentions jokingly as his guilty pleasure and says: Yo, Taylor! Don’t sleep on her! She’s dope!], Drake, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Mumford & Sons and more.

Kirk candidly talks about Kendrick Lamar:

I just rock with what feels good. I mess with what I feel is genuine and just very honest music, because that’s what I wanna be; a very genuine and honest artist. Everyone I listen to is not the purpose of me wanting to work with them, it’s just I try to make sure i’m expounding and expanding what it is that is culturally relevant, and I love great artistry; and I think he’s a great artist. Of course, i’m not able to cosign all of the lyrical content but that’s not my job to.

Check out the FULL interview below:

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‘Losing My Religion’ is available now on all music streaming platforms.

 

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Fly News: Kirk Franklin Lands Top Spot On Billboard with New Album ‘Losing My Religion’

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Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and music icon Kirk Franklin, has crafted another #1 hit with his eleventh studio album, LOSING MY RELIGION (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records). Released on November 13th, LOSING MY RELIGION 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. The new project marks Franklin’s eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.

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 the album, 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.

LOSING MY RELIGION is available everywhere music is sold.

Congrats Kirk!

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Fly News: 9-time GRAMMY-winning icon Kirk Franklin, much anticipated new album Losing My Religion, out today!

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Today, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and music icon, Kirk Franklin, released his eleventh studio album LOSING MY RELIGION via Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records. Franklin’s highly anticipated album, ‘Losing My Religion’ boasts 13-soul-stirring tracks including the #1 lead single, “Wanna Be Happy?”. The single debuted at #1 on Billboard and broke the record previously set by Franklin with “I Smile (2011)” to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history.

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The central message of ‘Losing My Religion’, which features guest artists, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Lalah Hathaway, Tamela Mann, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Sarah Reeves, is for one to truly see and understand the most essential aspect of their faith, and that’s their relationship with God.

When asked what he hopes that listeners take away from the album, Franklin says:

“The most beautiful picture about the love of God is that my trying doesn’t replace my trusting…religion may point out what’s wrong, but it doesn’t give me the power to make it right. This album is the soundtrack to how love rescued me from the law”.

‘LMR’ offers the classic Kirk Franklin sound that has inspired so many people over the past 20+ years, but may be his most introspective work yet. The album is now available everywhere music is sold, including all major digital retailers.

Kirk recently stopped by SFPL TV, in which full footage will be coming soon of our exclusive interview! Stay tuned!

Losing My Religion – Track Listing:

1. Losing My Religion

2. Miracles

3. 123 Victory

4. Road Trip

5. Pray For Me

6. Wanna Be Happy?

7. It’s Time (featuring Tasha Page-Lockhart and Zacardi Cortez)

8. True Story

9. Over

10. When (featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway)

11. My World Needs You (featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann)

12. Intercession

13. No Sleep Tonight

LOSING MY RELIGION – Retail Links:

Amazon: HERE

Google Play: HERE

iTunes: HERE

Apple Music: HERE

Spotify: HERE