Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed “good kid, m.A.A.d city” crosses the million copies sold mark thanks to the 9,000 units it moved this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has sold a total of 1,002,000 to date.
The album debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200) on the Nov. 10, 2012 charts, with 241,000 copies sold in its first week. It marked the second-highest opening for an R&B/Hip-Hop album in 2012 – only Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” bowed with a larger sum: 253,000 in April. By year’s end, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” had already shifted 500,000.
Kendrick Lamar’s impressive opening was fueled by the success of lead single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” which was at No. 11 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart the week of the album’s debut, but went on to spend nine consecutive weeks at the top. Follow-up singles “Poetic Justice,” featuring Drake, and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” each peaked at No. 2 on the list and all three records went top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
“good kid, m.A.A.d city” million-selling news comes on the heels of an already newsworthy week for Kendrick Lamar. His provocative verse on Big Sean’s “Control” set the R&B/hip-hop world ablaze last week. Meanwhile, gig-tracking site Songkick clocked the Compton rapper at over 46 hours atop summer festival stages, the most performance time by any artist.