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Kendrick Lamar Dominates Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums With Triple-Play Chart Feat

The rapper joins historic company with three albums in the top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Kendrick Lamar achieves a feat unseen on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in more than a decade, with three of his albums in the top 10 in the same week. The trio, on the chart dated May 28, marks the first triple play by any act since E-40 in April 2012.

Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers leads the crew with its No. 1 entrance and 295,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 19, according to Luminate. His 2012 full-length debut, good kid m.A.A.d. city, slides 7-8 (22,000 units, up 9% compared with the prior week) and 2017’s DAMN. ascends 13-10 (20,000 units, up 15%).

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As mentioned, the last artist to post three top 10s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the same week was E-40 on the list dated April 14, 2012. That week, three installments of a trilogy project all debuted: the combined The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3 (No. 8), The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2 (No. 9) and The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1 (No. 10). (The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3, meanwhile, debuted at No. 13.)

Overall, Lamar is the sixth act with three simultaneous top 10s since the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart began in 1965. The Temptations hold the record, with four concurrent albums in three different weeks in 1969. In addition, Sam Cooke managed the three-at-once feat in 1965, as did Lou Rawls in 1967 and The Supremes in 1969.

Here’s a recap of the artists and albums involved in accomplishing the feat. Albums are listed in rank order for their first week, though the positions may have changed in subsequent weeks.

Sam Cooke (Feb. 13 – 20, 1965, and March 13, 1965):
Sam Cooke at the Copa
Shake
The Best of Sam Cooke

Lou Rawls (Feb. 4 – March 11, 1967):
Lou Rawls Soulin’
Lou Rawls Live
Lou Rawls Carryin’ On

The Supremes (Jan. 11 – Feb. 1, 1969):
Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations
Love Child
TCB (with The Temptations)

The Temptations (Jan. 25 – April 26, 1969):
TCB (with Diana Ross & The Supremes)
Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations
Live at the Copa
Cloud Nine

The Temptations (Oct. 25, 1969):
Puzzle People
Cloud Nine
The Temptations Show

E-40 (April 14, 2012):
The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3
The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2
The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3

Kendrick Lamar (May 28, 2022):
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
good kid m.A.A.d. city
DAMN.