Kendrick Lamar has retained his status as the king of the Billboard 200.
The 14-time Grammy-winning rapper’s newest album, “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers,” landed in the No. 1 spot in its first week of release on the Billboard charts, with the equivalent of 295,500 sales.
According to the Luminate music tracking service (formerly known as MRC Data), the eagerly anticipated opus amassed 343 million clicks on streaming services.
Marking the 34-year-old Compton native’s fourth consecutive No. 1 album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” also had the largest number of first week sales of 2022.
Released on May 13, the album follows 2017′s “DAMN,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, heralded as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism.”
Last week, Lamar announced plans to kick off his international tour, The Big Steppers Tour, featuring Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.
The jaunt is scheduled to begin June 23 in Milan, Italy.
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