Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Tops The Album Charts

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has come in at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The album — which was officially released (with some snafus) on 3/15 — comes in with 363,000 equivalent album sales (actual sales + streaming) over the past week. It’s the second-largest sales week this year after Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. This isn’t the first record that TPAB has set, either: Last week, Spotify announced that the album broke their global one-day streaming record, presumably because it wasn’t on iTunes for much of the day it was released, but also because everyone was very excited about a new Kendrick album. His last record, good kid, M.A.A.D. city, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the albums chart with 241,000 copies sold in the first week — the week it debuted, it was beaten out by Taylor Swift’s Red. This week, To Pimp A Butterfly beat out the Empire season 1 soundtrack and Modest Mouse’s Strangers To Ourselves by a wide margin.