To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar’s second major label release, debuts in first place on the Top 200 with 318,988 copies sold, according to Hits Daily Double. Billboard will release an official breakdown of digital sales vs. physical copies.
The album made it to retail stores after it was mistakenly put on iTunes a week in advance of the March 23 release date. TPAB smashed Spotify records with over nine million streams in one day, trumping the previous bench mark set by Drake’s If You Reading This It’s Too Late.
Additionally, TPAB’s sales feat marks Lamar’s first No. 1 album, and highest first week figures since 2012’s good kid m.A.A.d. city moved 242,000 copies. That album, K Dot’s first on a major label, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200.
The 27-year-old Compton emcee has been celebrating TPAB with album release signings in New York and his hometown, along with free pop-up shows.
Kendrick Lamar also received the BEST Metacritic score ever by an African-American artist.
Kanye West held the record for the best album reviews by an African American artist with a score of ’94’ earned back in 2010. Beyonce currently holds the record for her self titled album, ‘Beyonce’ with a score of 85 back in 2013, which is the best score by a female African-american artist and Pop star.
Kendrick Lamar can guarantee himself a Grammy nomination for this album.