Lamar's surprise release nabs the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album untitled. unmastered needed no hype to hit No. 1. The collection, released in the early hours of March 4, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending in March 10. Billboard reports the album earned 178,000 equivalent album sales for the week.
untitled followed Lamar’s 2015 smash album To Pimp A Butterfly and though Lamar released it with no explanation, he later clarified the collection. “Demos from To Pimp A Butterfly. In Raw Form. Unfinished. Untitled. Unmastered,” he tweeted.
To Pimp A Butterfly became Lamar’s first No. 1 album when it debuted on March 16, 2015 and sold 363,000 equivalent album units in its first week. It went on to top may end-of-year lists (including EW’s) and won Best Rap Album at the Grammys, though it lost Album of the Year to Taylor Swift’s 1989.
Lamar’s is the only new release to make it in the top 3 of this week’s Billboard 200 chart. Adele’s 25 claims the No. 2 spot and Rihanna’s Anti clocks in at No. 3. Both artists recently started their world tours in support of the collections.