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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Logs Biggest Debut Week of 2022 So Far

Kendrick Lamar is opening this week's Billboard 200 at No. 1 as Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers earns a total of 295,500 equivalent album units in its first week.

According to Billboard, the double album's total includes 258,500 in streaming equivalent album units (343.02 million on-demand streams of the tracks), 35,500 in album sales and 1,500 in track equivalent album units. The record officially set a series of new records, including the biggest debut week of 2022 so far, the biggest week by equivalent album units since November 2021, the largest streaming week for an R&B/hip-hop album this year so far and the largest sales week for a digital album in 2022. This marks K-Dot's fourth No. 1 entry on the Billboard 200.

Other new titles on this week's Billboard 200 are TOMORROW X TOGETHER at No. 4, Florence + The Machine at No. 7 and The Black Keys at No. 8. Meanwhile, Bad Bunny and Future both step down to Nos. 2 and 3, followed by Morgan Wallen at No. 5. Rounding out this week's top 10 are Jack Harlow at No. 6, Olivia Rodrigo at No. 9 and Lil Durk at No. 10.

Elsewhere in music, Doja Cat has dropped out of The Weeknd's tour.

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