To Pimp A Butterfly, which dropped unexpectedly on March 16, a week ahead of schedule, is Lamar's first time at the chart summit Down Under. His previous set, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, peaked at No. 23 in November 2012.
Lamar's album (released here through Interscope/Universal Music Australia) is one of four debuts in Australia's top 5. One-time Australian of the Year Lee Kernaghan's Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC/Universal) is at No. 2, fellow country artist Troy Cassar-Daley's Freedom Ride (Liberation/Universal) is at No. 4 and homegrown alt-rock group British India's Nothing Touches Me (Liberation/Universal) is at No. 5. Taylor Swift's triple-platinum 1989 is at No. 3.
To Pimp a Butterfly is expected to give the rapper his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, March 25.
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In other chart news Down Under, Vance Joy becomes the first Australian artist, and just the third in ARIA chart history, to have a single spend 100 weeks in the top 100, with "Riptide" landing at No. 73 on the latest list. "Riptide" has been on the chart continuously since its release in April 2013. The following January, the song won Triple J's coveted Hottest 100 countdown.
The only other singles in ARIA's 100-week club are Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (106 weeks) and Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (105 weeks). However, only the latter track managed a longer unbroken run on the chart, with 102 weeks. This week's ARIA singles chart is led by LunchMoney Lewis' "Bills."