Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Debuts at No. 1 in This Week’s Album Sales (3/25/2015)
With 363,000 sold, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The album sold 363,000 units if you include streams in its first week. This is K.Dots first No. 1 album. It's also the first No. 1 album with "pimp" in its title. Pure album sales comprised 89 percent of To Pimp a Butterfly’s first week, which is about 324,000 copies sold. That is the second-largest sales week of 2015, behind only Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (495,000). To Pimp A Butterfly is also the third rap album in 2015 to top the charts, following Drake and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise.Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, which drop in 2012, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200, selling 241,000 copies. (No. 1 was Taylor Swift’s Red).
Last week Fox's Empire soundtrack topped the charts. This week it dropped to No. 2 with 110,000 units sold in its second week.
1. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, 363,000
2. The Empire soundtrack, 110,000
13. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, 24,698
18. Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise, 17,928
27. J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 11,925
31. Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint, 8,850
37. D'Angelo & The Vanguard, 6,591
41. Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan of a Fan: The Album, 5,565
*The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on mulit-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.
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