Kendrick Lamar scores first UK number one album with ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

The rapper beat Sam Smith to the top spot by just 572 sales

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar topped this week’s UK Albums Chart with his new record ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

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.

‘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 Number One spot, pipping the singer to the top of the chart by just 572 sales. Meanwhile, Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is at Number Three with ‘Tracker’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ is at Number Four and Van Morrison’s ‘Duets – Re-working The Catalogue’ is at Number Five in the UK Albums Chart.

In the UK Singles Chart, Sam Smith and John Legend’s collaboration ‘Lay Me Down’ is at Number One for a second week. The single was released for this year’s Comic Relief.

Elsewhere in the Singles Chart, Years & Years’ King is at Number Two, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’ climbs two places to Number Three, James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ is at Number Four, while Ellie Goulding is at Number Five with ‘Love Me Like You Do’.