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Drag queen artist tops Christian album chart on iTunes

Composite screenshots of TikTok videos from @flamygrant aka Matthew Blake

For the first time in history, an album released by a drag queen artist has topped the iTunes Christian chart.

However, this landmark moment in drag queen history did not happen because of the album's grassroots appeal or its supposedly Christian themes. Instead, Flamy Grant's album "Bible Belt Baby," which was actually released last September, topped the iTunes Christian chart in late July on account of a social media spat between Grant and Sean Feucht, a more traditional Christian musician.

Last Wednesday, Feucht took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to denounce a recent collaboration between Flamy Grant and established Christian artist Derek Webb. "These are truly the last days," Feucht said, rebuking the so-called "deconstruction movement," which encourages supposedly LGBTQ-oriented evangelicals to question or even disregard the conservative teachings of their youth.

Flamy Grant, aka Matthew Blake, who grew up as an evangelical Christian and was even a worship leader for more than two decades, did not take kindly to Feucht's remark. "End goal? Baby, we’re just getting started," Grant said in response.

Grant then took to TikTok, where he enjoys a sizeable following, to ask his fans for help. He encouraged them to find his album, "Bible Belt Baby," and then stream the song "Good Day" in particular so that the song would eventually reach the Christian charts on iTunes.

"I personally am tired of Christian music being dominated by guys like Sean Feucht," Grant said in a TikTok video. "I think it's time for girls like us to have a shot at cracking the charts so that people who love Christian music but don't want to be in bed with MAGA have an option."

The scheme worked. By Friday evening, not only had "Good Day" jumped to the No. 2 Christian song on iTunes, but "Bible Belt Baby" had scored the top spot on the iTunes Christian album chart. "Never forget this is all thanks to @seanfeucht," Grant then gloated on X.

Grant may have had his moment atop the iTunes Christian charts, but Feucht indicated that God would have the final word on the matter. "Well good for us hardly anyone listens or cares what you do. Bad for you is that one day you’ll sit before Jesus and give an account for the perversion you tried to force on kids. There’s a verse about a millstone to warn you (Matt 18:6)," Feucht wrote on X followed by a prayer emoji.

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