Good Kid, M.A.A.D City made Kendrick Lamar a global superstar. For proof, look no further than the early success of his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly.
To Pimp a Butterfly narrowly beat out Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour by 572 copies to grab his first No. one album in the UK.
On Australia’s Aria Albums Chart Butterfly finished ahead of Lee Kernaghan’s Spirit of the Anzacs to win out this week.
In U.S. news, Kendrick is also expected to land atop the Billboard 200 with 325,000 copies sold. Final numbers will be revealed on Wednesday, March 25.
It will be be Kendrick’s first chart topper in the U.S. His previous project, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, peaked at No. 2 with first week sales of 241,000 in it’s first week.