Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Debuts at No. 2

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been called the new king of the West Coast by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and now he’s assuming his throne on the charts. Compton’s breakout star enters at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his major-label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city.

The critically-acclaimed set from the 25-year-old MC sold 241,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Led by the single “Swimming Pools (Drank),” it also claims the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts.

He previously bowed at No. 113 on the Billboard 200 with 2011’s Section.80, which was released through his indie label Top Dawg Entertainment. The last male artist to chart with higher first-week numbers was Drake, whose debut Thank Me Later opened with 447,000 in June 2010.

Kendrick thanked his fans for their support by releasing the free song “The Jig Is Up (Dump’n),” co-produced by J. Cole.

While the numbers are impressive, they couldn’t compete with Taylor Swift, whose latest album Red had a blockbuster week, selling 1.2 million copies. It marks the biggest debut for an artist in a decade and Swift’s second album to sell more than a million copies in one week. The last album to go platinum in its first week was Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

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  1. VMili

    wow, Taylor Swift… Really? Daamn


    Issa Reply:

    @VMili, Taylor Swift’s album is actually good. But she is a media hog and a crybaby.


    Ursula Reply:

    @Issa, I haven’t heard her album, but I do agree that she is a media hog and can’t really sing. She is also very stiff and boring. I need her to get a little spice before I become interested.



    Yaaaaaay! Congrats Kendrick


  3. Bri

    I like Taylor but seriously she is getting too overrated.


    KeepIt100 Reply:

    @Bri, Her songwriting, melodies, and concepts are not overrated.


  4. ayoto

    Happy for kendrick mehn, good music good sale
    But one queation though hw the hell did he outsell rickross, chris brow, usher trey in the first week.
    Being a dre protege, quality music and same week as taylor probably helped


    W Reply:

    @ayoto, people don’t care for r&b anymore tbh. Rick Ross isn’t anything special either. Kendrick is talented and this album was really good IMO


  5. Shutterbug

    Taylor Swift should have gracefully pushed her album back ONE week and let K-dot have his shine…but of course she didn’t. She’s been blocking hip-hop and R&B’s success since she stole Jazmine Sullivan’s album title in ’08.



    Tevin Reply:

    @Shutterbug, You are out of your damn mind. This is the music industry … it’s not about “being nice.” By your retarded ass logic, Kendrick should have released his album way before Meek Mill’s so the latter wouldn’t be so embarrassed. And let’s not talk about “stealing album titles” okay? Because then you’re foolish enough to believe she stole Game’s title and Ne-Yo stole it from her. Go buy your damn Rita Ora album … or are you pissed that she didn’t release it in the US?


    xDDx Reply:


    But just think for a second. Taylor Swift has no talent. Her vocals are really bad and her looks are deficient. Why people support her music, I have no answer. It seems like one of the many faults music consumers fall victim to. On the contrary, Kendrick is talented and based on album quality alone, deserved the #1 spot. Taylor’s album title was very unoriginal and required little thought. She probably thought, “What’s a simple word with only a few letters? I know! Red.” Her music is becoming more pop oriented, abandoning her country foundation. It’s pathetic. She’s is just one of those talentless artists like Madonna, Eminem, etc. that can sneeze on a record and people will jump to buy it. So with all of that said, she could have pushed it back because it wouldn’t really make a difference anyway. She still would have sold alot and would’ve still remained talentless in the process.


    G.O.O.D Music Reply:

    @xDDx, I’m not a fan of those guys but I wouldn’t necessary say there whack or untalented. I think overrated would of been a better term. And why the hell would her record company push her album back for some rapper. That’s stupid


    efe Reply:

    @xDDx, I agree wit u on everything but saying eminem is talentless is very absurd..


  6. Fuck Peace

    Yasss! I’m happy that some good hip hop is being noticed for a change. This gives me hope for the genre.


  7. WhoCares

    Why can’t hip-hop music sell over 1 million albums anymore? Oh yeah, because little suburban white girls don’t wanna hear about G-STRINGS AND BOOTY RINGS! Smdh.


  8. Nielsen

    Who cares if he’s not number one? He sold a good amount of copies, at least for his first major release. I hope he’ll keep doing what he’s doing. Hip Hop needs it. And of course he’s not going to beat Tyler Swift, not enough hip hop “fans” buys albums anymore.


    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Nielsen, But they did for the Carter 3 & 4


    Niall Reply:

    @Nielsen, You mad?


  9. whitney

    Whoa the Taylor shade is unnecessary. I’m happy she’s #1, she deserves it, Red is a great followup to Speak Now, Kendrick deserves #2 seeing how his album was good. I bought both but have played hers more, but more importantly, it’s ridiculous to compare the two, they’re of two different genres.

    “No talent”? Fall back, her music is relatable and inspiring, just because YOU have no relation doesn’t equate it to being useless. Don’t be mad at her because your fave ain’t winning. Why would she push her album back? She doesn’t owe Kendrick, he still sold a lot, more than 2 Chainz, more than the G.O.O.D Music compilation, he’s winning in reality, be happy


  10. Rob

    Taylor stays winning. Amazing album.


  11. Chris

    Am I the only one that’s amazed he managed to sell so many copies without having a real popular radio single? I know he had swimming pools, but before a few weeks ago most people had never even heard of Kendrick Lamar. Awesome to see him doing so well.


  12. SoOdd

    Congrats Kdot, you’ve created a classic. Love this album dawg. Constant play in the truck. Bch Don’t Kill My Vibe and Poetic Justice my 2 fav. Of course Sing About Me is on a whole other level with the Sinners prayer. No one has done that ever!!!! Getting ppl saved while listening to hip hop? Priceless.


  13. GTFOH



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