Final Numbers Are In: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ Dethrones Drake For Best 1st Week Sales of 2017

Published: Sunday 23rd Apr 2017 by Rashad

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.

More inside:

‘Damn’ First Week Sales:  603,000 SPS

Pure Sales:  353,000


Via Billboard:

…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).


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  1. HailLegendBeysus April 23, 2017

    Talent wins!!! Drake is shaking!!!

    • The Wig Snatcher April 23, 2017


    • Len1975 April 23, 2017

      I am with you on that!

  2. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 April 23, 2017


    • Fancy BISH April 23, 2017

      Kendricka snatched Drakesha’s wig chile lol

  3. RihYonce April 23, 2017

    We already knew this was going to happen. Talent wins !!! Kendrick really stepped out of husband comfort zone with this album unlike Drake. Not one bad song. The success is well deserved.

  4. Smh April 23, 2017

    Why are ya comparing kendricks album to drakes playlist compar this to Views and no one got s*** to say

    • RICHIE_RICH April 23, 2017

      You are as great as your last hit!!!!

  5. Gee April 23, 2017

    The Drake and Kendrick comparisons are only based on because both are selling major units. But in my opinion Drake is more hype without substance. While Kendrick is the opposite of that. Congratulations Kendrick your success is really deserved.

  6. east African girl April 23, 2017

    People think drake his album views as the best not it’s not it was messy pop/island album that’s why he wanted to make better album MORE LIFE and still failed lot of features and he wants the top Rapper that’s why people and the music industry rejected him been mediocreWhore not talent Yes at the moment Kendrick is the best Rapper and his album is amazing his video great visual #CONGRATS

  7. Lol April 23, 2017

    And he’s gonna shut down the Grammys next year. The music industry is shook.

  8. DanYiel Iman April 23, 2017

    Obviously when your music SPEAKS FOR ITSELF & your not like your co-worker who spits Pop-Rap to gain award recognition through streaming & bull s***!! Kendrick Lamar music ? is the TRUTH!! Truth always wins!!

  9. JOHNVIDAL April 23, 2017

    Glad he is the biggest first week seller of the year so far. Over 600k copies is amazing. Real sales are starting to be so low even for these big sellers from today though. The 300k real units sold range is what most are selling at most. Really really low.

  10. LadyEmpress8 April 23, 2017

    I’m so happy for Kendrick. I think people want something new and they are tired of mrs. Drake Tisha. Lol

  11. Alex April 23, 2017

    I’m glad! Drake is too overrated!

  12. Beachgirl85 April 23, 2017

    Kendrick and drake are great artist weather it’s straight up hip hop or pop mix with it both numbers are good just like they compared beyonce and rihanna both got amazing albums Kendrick is well deserving of it as well as drake is room for everybody mad respect to both

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