Kendrick Lamar stays atop Billboard album sales chart

Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2016.
Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - R&B singer Mary J Blige and British alternative band Gorillaz could not break Kendrick Lamar's reign on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart, as the rapper's album Damn. held onto the top spot for a third consecutive week.

Lamar's Damn. sold another 173,000 units that included 157 million streams in the week ending May 4, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Gorillaz, a virtual animated band co-created by British alt-rocker Damon Albarn, saw its latest album Humanz debut at No 2 with 140,000 units sold, while Blige's Strength of a Woman opened at No. 3 with 78,000 units sold.


The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

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Other new entries in the top 10 of the chart this week include Epic Record's compilation of hit singles Epic AF V2 at No 6 and singer-songwriter Willie Nelson at No 10 with God's Problem Child.


On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, hip hop producer DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber's I'm the One debuted at No 1 with 171,000 copies sold.