Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Incubus & 'Guardians 2' Debut in Top 10
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. rules the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as the set earned 239,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 27, according to Nielsen Music. That’s a decline of 60 percent as compared to its debut frame a week earlier of 603,000 units.
[Note: This story was updated at 11:00 p.m. PT on May 1 after Nielsen Music reprocessed its chart data. The rankings in the top 10 did not change, but there are slight updates to the unit total and sales for DAMN., the unit total for the title at No. 6, and the percentage decline for No. 7.]
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new May 13-dated chart (where DAMN. is No. 1 for a second frame) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, May 2.
DAMN.’s second week is driven by streams, as its SEA total is 136,000 units (down 40 percent). The set sold 89,000 in traditional album sales (down 75 percent) and earned 14,000 in TEA units (down 39 percent).
DAMN.’s second-week haul of 239,000 units is the fourth-largest week of 2017 for an album, following DAMN.’s debut frame (603,000 units) and the arrivals of Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) with 451,000 and Drake’s More Life with 505,000.
Speaking of those albums: More Life and ÷ both rise one rung to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, on the new Billboard 200. More Life is down just 12 percent (to 77,000 units) while ÷ dips only 16 percent (to 55,000 units). The sets previously topped the Billboard 200 for three and two weeks, respectively.
Incubus collects its seventh top 10 album as its new release, 8, debuts at No. 4 with 52,000 units (49,000 in traditional album sales). The rock band last visited the top 10 with the EP Trust Fall (Side A) in 2015, which debuted and peaked at No 6. The group’s last full-length studio album was in 2011, when If Not Now, When? launched at No. 2 with 80,000 copies sold.
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic rises 7-5 with a little more than 42,000 units (down 5 percent), The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open slips 5-6 with 42,000 units (down 32 percent) and the Moana soundtrack descends 6-7 with 40,000 units (down 18 percent).
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack beams in at No. 8 with 34,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). The various artists effort -- comprised almost entirely of tunes from the 1970s -- was released as a commercially available digital album on April 21. A physical CD release followed on April 28, and its sales will impact next week’s chart (dated May 20). The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 film opens in the U.S. on May 5.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2014, and became the first No. 1 soundtrack where the whole album was composed of previously-released songs. All of its tunes were released between the late 1960s and late '70s, and most were chart hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album finished 2014 as the year’s No. 5 biggest-selling album in the U.S., and the top-selling soundtrack, with 898,000 copies sold according to Nielsen Music that year. In total, the set has shifted 1.75 million copies through April 27.
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, Future’s self-titled album moves 8-9 with 34,000 units (down 10 percent) and The Weeknd’s Starboy closes out the top 10, as it rises 14-10 with 33,000 units (up 10 percent).