With an introspective work of hip-hop, storytelling album “DAMN” featuring Rihanna and U2, Kendrick Lamar has made a record by pulling off the biggest US album debut this year.
According to Reports, “DAMN.” sold 603,000 copies or the equivalent in streaming and downloads in the week since its April 14 release, as tracked through Nielsen Music.
The album also made it at number one on the benchmark Billboard chart, selling more in a single week than any other album so far this year.
“DAMN.” follows Lamar’s 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which has quickly been hailed as a hip-hop classic with its innovative infusion of jazz and its lyricism that explored the state of black America. This album bought him an invite to the White House by the then president Obama.
When asked about the political references in the album, Lamar said:
“We’re not focusing on him (Trump). What’s going on now — we’re focusing on self.”
Although, “DAMN.” topped the “More Life” collection by Drake which had earlier held the crown for biggest US album release of 2017, yet it remains well below Drake’s last full-fledged album “Views,” which sold more than one million copies in its first week after its release a year ago.
Written by Clement Oluwasegun