The previous highest-charting album was Pimp C's 'Pimpalation' in 2006
Kendrick Lamar‘s new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the first US chart-topping album with the word ‘pimp’ in its name.
The Compton rapper topped last week’s UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 100 with his new record. Lamar released the LP a week earlier than expected on March 16. The album was originally due for release on March 23 but was made available early on iTunes and Spotify.
Now, Billboard have confirmed the LP to be the first US Number One with ‘pimp’ in its title. The previous highest-charting album with a mention of “pimp” was Pimp C’s ‘Pimpalation’, which charted at Number Three in 2006.
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’. Speaking in a recent interview about the album, Lamar said the music ranges from “the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.
Lamar knocked Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ from the UK Number One spot, pipping the singer to the top of the chart by just 572 sales.
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ recently broke the record for the largest number of Spotify streams on a single day with 9.6m plays. This figure broke Spotify’s global streaming record, a record previously held by Michael Bublé album ‘Christmas’ on Christmas Eve 2014.
The ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘For Free? (Interlude)’
‘For Sale? (Interlude)’
‘How Much A Dollar Cost’
‘The Blacker The Berry’
‘You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)’
Lamar will also appear at Wireless Festival in July, as will Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The event takes place between July 3-5 at Finsbury Park in London. Knife Party, Gorgon City and Childish Gambino join Kendrick Lamar and Avicii on July 4.