Even though Damn.‘s sales total dipped 61 percent from its huge debut week, the 238,000 copies still mark the fourth-highest selling week of 2017, Billboard reports.
Lamar faced little competition in ruling the album charts as only two new releases debuted inside the Top 10: Incubus’ 8, the band’s first LP in six years, entered at Number Four and 52,000 total copies; by comparison, 2011’s If Not Now, When? opened at Number Two with 80,000 copies.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 debuted at Number 8 thanks to 34,000 mainly digital copies; that total should grow on next week’s chart as the physical version of the soundtrack arrived Friday; the sequel itself is out May 5th.
Drake’s More Life gained one spot to Number Two, adding 77,000 copies to its already hefty total. Ed Sheeran’s Divide followed at Number Three and 55,000 copies.
The remaining five spots on the Billboard 200 were occupied by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Number Five), Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open (Six), the Moana soundtrack (Seven), Future’s self-titled (Nine) and the Weeknd’s Starboy (Number 10).
Despite high-profile new releases like Gorillaz’ Humanz and Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman, Damn. is expected to capture Number One for a third straight time next week.