With the release of his much-anticipated major-label debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Kendrick Lamar bows on multiple charts beginning with R&B/Hip-Hop Albums where the set opens at No. 1 with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The top-spot opening comes three years after he first charted with 2010's "Overly Dedicated" (No. 72 peak) and continued with last year's "Section.80" (No. 22 peak). To better understand the young rapper's progression, consider that "Overly Dedicated" opened with less than 1,000 copies and "Section.80" with just over 5,000.
The new album's success is partly attributed to lead single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" which jumps 14-5 on R&B/Hip-Hop in its 12th week, marking his first top 10 hit.
Elsewhere on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Brandy's "Two Eleven" slips a rung to No. 2 in its second week (22,000; down 65%), Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream" falls 2-3 (18,000; down 20%) and 2 Chainz's "Based on a T.R.U. Story" climbs 6-4 (12,000; down 2%). Rounding out the top five is the soundtrack to "Man With the Iron Fists," which punches its way to a No. 5 bow with 12,000 sold. The set is executive produced by RZA and features contributions from the Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Corinne Bailey Rae, Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West.
>Over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Rihanna's "Diamonds" crowns the tally for a fourth straight week while the rest of the top three is also stationary: "Clique" (by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean) is steady at No. 2 while Miguel's "Adorn" is a non-mover at No. 3.
Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" (featuring Nicki Minaj) jumps four rungs to a new peak of No. 4 thanks in part a big 46% gain in download sales. The cut moved 75,000 downloads last week, up from the 52,000 in the week previous. It was the second-biggest selling R&B/Hip-Hop song last week -- only Rihanna's "Diamonds" loomed larger (122,000; up 4%).
As previously mentioned, Kendrick Lamar zips 14-5 with "Swimming Pools (Drank)," while French Montana's "Pop That" falls 5-6. Kanye West's "Mercy" (with Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) slides 4-7 and Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" rises 8-7.
Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" ascends three rungs, returning to its peak of No. 9, while 2 Chainz's "No Lie" (featuring Drake) falls 6-10