Rapper Kendrick Lamar has scored his first U.K. No. 1 album, after To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope/Universal) finished the week just ahead of Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal). Lay Me Down (Capitol/Universal/ Columbia/Sony), Smith’s collaboration with John Legend for the Comic Relief charity, started a second week atop the singles chart.
Lamar’s album sold just 572 more copies than Smith’s, according to Official Charts Company data, nudging the British artist down into runner-up spot. The rap star’s previous release Good Kid M.A.A.D. City reached No. 16 in a 15-week U.K. chart run towards the end of 2012. To Pimp A Butterfly has also topped the albums chart in Australia.
Mark Knopfler’s eighth studio album Tracker (Virgin/EMI/Universal) became the highest-charting of his solo career in the U.K., opening at No. 3. That outdoes the No. 4 start achieved by Sailing To Philadelphia in 2000; all but one of those eight albums have made the top ten, the exception being 2004’s No. 11 entry Shangri-La.