The numbers don’t lie. Kendrick Lamar’s surprise set, untitled unmastered., tops the Billboard 200 this week with 178,000 copies sold. According to Billboard, the project is the latest chart-topper for the Compton rapper. Of the 178,000 units sold, 142,000 were in pure album sales.
This is Kendrick’s second No. 1 album in less than a year, following To Pimp A Butterfly, which opened to 363,000 in sales when it arrived on the night of March 15, 2015.
Physical copies of the album are available now, while, as seen above, Kendrick appears to be back in the booth recording new material.
Meanwhile, other notable chart placements this week include 2 Chainz’s (unofficial) joint project with Lil Wayne, ColleGrove, which bows at No. 4 with 53,000 units sold. This marks Chainz’s third outing in the top three spot, following 2013’s B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and 2012’s Based on a T.R.U. Story.
Elsewhere, Adele’s 25, Rihanna’s ANTI, and Justin Bieber’s Purpose continue to dominate as stock-still fixtures in the top five, with No. 2, 3, and 5 showings on the listing, respectively.
The latter artist, Bieber, may be prepping new material soon, as he recently premiered a brand new record during his Purpose Tour stop in Portland, Oregon.
The rest of this week's top 10 include The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness, which leaps from No. 12 to No. 9 with over 30,000 units, along with Kevin Gates’ Islah ascending from No. 13 to No. 10.