Kendrick Lamar Sets "Pimp" Record

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Kendrick Lamar has a lot to celebrate.

Kendrick Lamar's new album now holds the number one spot on April 4th's Billboard 200 chart, a first for him. He previously hit number two on the chart with Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City in 2012.

One of the most talented rappers of the current era, Kendrick Lamar shocked fans last week when he digitally released his new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, a week before it was expected.

Kendrick Lamar even set a record on Spotify when To Pimp A Butterfly was streamed more than 9.6 million times on its first day of availability.

Kendrick Lamar now officially has the second-fastest selling album of 2015. Only Drake is ahead of him.

Kendrick Lamar's new album has also set a fun new record, since To Pimp A Butterfly is the first Billboard number one album to ever have the word "pimp" in the title.

Pimp C’s Pimpalation, which made it to number three in 2006, is the next closest thing.

Another fun fact: This is the third time for an album with "butterfly" in the title to sit at the number one position. Before Kendrick Lamar, there was Mariah Carey's Butterfly and Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace), which both hit the charts in 1997.

The rest of the chart is unsurprising.

Behind Kendrick Lamar on the charts, the soundtrack for the Fox show Empire came in at number two. Sales and streams totalled 110,000 equivalent album units.

Modest Mouse reached No. 3 with Strangers to Ourselves, which is their first album since 2007. Modest Mouse is followed by the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack at number four and Taylor Swift's phenomenally popular album 1989 at number five.

Have you heard Kendrick Lamar's new album yet? What did you think?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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