King Kendrick is back on top of the Billboard charts. Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, has landed on top of the Billboard 200 with 295,000 equivalent album units sold in the first week.
According to Billboard, this is the third week in a row that the previous opening week’s debut has been surpassed. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny did the task with a No. 1 debut of 274,000, whereas Future’s I Never Liked You debuted at No. 1 with 222,000 the week before.
Of the first week numbers for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ streaming units equaled 258,800, including 343.02 million on-demand official streams.
Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers is killing the Apple Music charts. On release day, Kendrick’s new album broke the record for the highest first-day streams for an album released in 2022. Songs from the album currently held the top 14 spots on the Apple Music Songs Chart.
The new album, Lamar’s last on Top Dawg Entertainment, is the rapper’s first since 2017’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Damn. Mr. Morale was preceded by “The Heart Pt. 5,” which instantly trended on social media for the lyrical content and the face morphing of Lamar into Kanye West, Nipsey Hussle, Will Smith, and more.
Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers is a double album featuring Kodak Black, Blxst, Summer Walker, Taylour Paige, Sampha, Baby Keem, Ghostface Killah, Amanda Reifer, Sam Dew, Beth Gibbons, and Tanna Leone.
The cover for the album features Kendrick Lamar’s partner, Whitney Alford, and their two children. The first time Kendrick had provided an image of his family.
The album also features production from a crop of Hip-Hop elite, including Boi-1da, Soundwave, The Alchemist, Dahi, DJ Khalil, Cardo, Pharrell, and more.
You can hear the new album from the Hip-Hop legend below.