Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise ‘Untitled’ Album Debuts at No. 1 

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Kendrick Lamar’s surprise Untitled Unmastered album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 178,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 142,000 were in pure album sales.

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 March 26-dated chart (where Lamar is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, March 15.

Lamar is the third act since January 2015 to notch two No. 1s in less than 12 months time, following Drake and Future.

Lamar tweeted that Untitled Unmastered consists of “demos from To Pimp a Butterfly. In raw form.” Like the album’s title, its tracks are named unconventionally: “untitled 01 | 08.19.2014.,” “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.” and so on.

Untitled Unmastered was released to digital retailers and streaming services on March 4 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records. (Streaming equivalent units comprise 16 percent of the new album’s total first-week units.)

A physical CD release of Untitled’s explicit edition followed on March 11, while an edited version is due out March 18.

2 Chainz notches his third straight top five album, as ColleGrove bows at No. 4 with 53,000 units (and 34,000 in pure album sales). It follows his No. 3-peaking B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime (No. 3 debut and peak in 2013) and his chart-topping Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012).

ColleGrove (which features Lil Wayne on eight of its 12 tracks), like Lamar’s new set, is currently only available via digital retail and streaming services. A commercial release for its physical CD is slated for March 25, when both its explicit and edited editions are due.

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