Yet again Kendrick Lamar gives his fans and competitors another reason to say “damn.”
The Grammy-winning rapper, whose latest album, ‘Damn,’ was released on April 14th, was projected to top the Billboard 200 with an impressive 485,000 units moved. If the prediction remained true it would give his set the honor of being in second place for the year’s best first week sales (second to Drake‘s ‘More Life’).
But, in a turn of events expected by everyone, ‘Damn’ exceeded expectations by a handsome sum near the end of its first full tracking week, . The new figure not only ensured K.Dot’s third tenancy of the #1 spot on album charts, but now places Drake behind him on the “year’s best first week sales” tally.
‘Damn’ First Week Sales: 603,000 SPS
Pure Sales: 353,000
…DAMN. blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 2017’s biggest week for an album: 603,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music.
DAMN. marks Lamar’s third No. 1 album, following last year’s Untitled Unmastered.and 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. DAMN. was released April 14 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records.
The set’s start of 227,000 SEA units is the second-largest streaming week ever for an album. (227,000 SEA units equates to 340.6 million streams of the songs from the 14-track album during its debut frame, as each SEA unit represents 1,500 streams of songs from the album.) The only larger streaming week for an album was registered by Drake’s More Life, which launched with 257,000 SEA units (384.8 million song streams).