Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Kendrick Lamar Makes History As ‘Damn’ Returns To #1

Published: Saturday 19th Aug 2017 by Rashad

For what it’s worth, King K reigns again.

Clocking its fourth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar‘s fourth studio album – ‘Damn’ – has competition saying just that as it beat out country superstar, Brett Eldredge, for the top spot. The project, a mainstay in the tally’s top 10 since its March 2017 release, added an another 11,000 units (47,000 SPS) to its overall tally just three weeks after being certified double platinum by the RIAA.

While his recapture of the chart’s throne is undoubtedly a win, the troubling figure he accomplished the feat with landed him in history books.  Why?  Because, it’s the lowest weekly total for any artist’s number 1 album  (second overall) since the chart began ranking by consumption units.

Billboard reports:

Notably, DAMN.’s sum at No. 1 — a little under 47,000 units — is the second lowest weekly total for a No. 1 album since the chart began ranking by consumption units in late 2014. The only time the No. 1 album clocked a smaller total was on the Aug. 22, 2015-dated list, when the ‘Descendants soundtrack bowed at No. 1 with 42,000 units. 

Billboard 200 This Week


Curious to know which acts held this unfortunate record (for pure sales) before Kendrick?  Click here for the answer.

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  1. Brent Christpher August 19, 2017

    DESERVING! an incredible body of work from kendrick. I still play at the gym through my daily workouts.

  2. Brent Christpher August 19, 2017

    What show has he been on recently to spark such a surge in his album sales? I wonder…

    • Cardi’sDaNewQueen August 19, 2017

      no surge. he’s been consistently selling this amount since the album dropped. i dont think he’s been out of the top 10 once since march

    • Sam August 19, 2017

      Damn! Is honestly the soundtrack of the times we aren’t living. I noticed ive been listening almost everyday since Charlottesville

  3. Jasmine August 20, 2017

    Nothing against Kendrick but it is a sad state in the music industry when only 11,000 units sold gets you the number 1 spot. That means sh*t ain’t selling. Now for Kendrick’s album, I have had DNA, Humble, and several other songs in my playlist for months and I like all of his music. I just think that a total revamp of how the music industry makes money is needed (streaming ain’t it because it is too close to bootleg downloading ~ I personally don’t pay anything for streaming yet my streams somehow count towards alleged sales?). Perhaps a new format of technology is needed. There was the 12 inch records that started in 1948, then the cassette tape in 1962, and then the 8 track, in 1964, and the CD in 1982, and after that no new medium for music physical distribution in 35 years!

  4. Honda Accord August 20, 2017

    Who cares about sales anymore?

  5. Erica August 20, 2017

    Where’s Kesha album? I thought it came out last week

  6. Dev August 20, 2017

    No big deal really, if he is number one for apparently not selling much than it’s the rest of the people who should be worried because they either didn’t reach one or the upper regions of the top 10. Jay Z critically acclaimed business brought album is sinking so Kendrick is good thus far

  7. RealNegro August 20, 2017

    Kdot is a legend in the making. And since when does having the second lowest weekly sales for number 1 place you in the history books? Coming in second doesn’t matter.

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