Kendrick Lamar Bests Drake to Earn the Highest First Week Sales of 2017, So Far

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16:  Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs on the Coachella Stage during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Kendrick Lamar Bests Drake to Earn the Highest First Week Sales of 2017, So Far

K. Dot's tour DJ weighs in on the major achievement.

Published April 23, 2017

The celebration only continues to intensify for Kendrick Lamar as the final sales for his highly praised latest offering, DAMN, are in.

According to Billboard, the MC has dethroned Drake to earn the highest selling album of 2017, thus far.

Kendrick's first week sales are nothing short of staggering. The MC's final sales figure stands at 603,000, with 353,000 being traditional album sales.

Lamar's astronomical sales feat sees his best Drake's first week sales for More Life (505,000) by almost 100,000 units.

This also marks the highest first week of sales for any album released since Drizzy went platinum with Views in 2016, where he sold 1.04 million copies in its first week of release.

On the streaming front, where K. Dot's hip hop peer, Drake, shines best, the "Humble" rapper surpassed the 300 million streams mark in its first week only, making it the second album this year to do so; Drake's More Life was the first, pushing 385 million streams.

K. Dot is no stranger to the No. 1 spot as this is the third album he's released that achieved top billing. untitled.unmastered and To Pimp a Butterfly rightfully earned their spots at the top of the charts in previous years.

The rapper's engineer and tour DJ, Ali TDE, recently took to Twitter to share his gratitiude on the massive achievement. (Please note: he is highlighting the sales predictions reported by Hits Daily Double that prove to be slightly larger than the final number):

Congratulations to Kendrick on another well-received body of work.

See more positive news for K Dot in the BET Breaks video, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

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