Billboard Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops Billboard 200 & Hot 100

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. © InterscopeBoth the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 belongs to Kendrick Lamar this week as he takes ‘DAMN.’ and “Humble” to no. 1 respectively. 

As expected, Kendrick Lamar debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 with DAMN.  The numbers are robust – the best numbers Lamar has posted up until this point in his career.  Additionally, the greatest rapper of our generation unseated Ed Sheeran on the Hot 100.  “Humble” moves to no. 1, replacing “Shape of You.”  Between the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100, there are numerous takeaways.

Billboard 200 Takeaways 


  1. Kendrick Lamar sees his fourth album DAMN. debut robustly at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Good kid, m.A.A.d city gets a lift from no. 46 to no. 27 in its 234th week. To Pimp A Butterfly ascends from no. 109 to no. 50.


  1. John Mayer debuts at no. 2 with his long-awaited new album, The Search for Everything.


  1. The Chainsmokers experience a dip as Memories…Do Not Open slides from no. 1 to no. 5 in its second week on the charts.



  1. The soundtrack for The Fate of the Furious, The Fate of the Furious: The Album, debuts at no. 10.


  1. Playboi Carti sees his self-titled album debut at no. 12.


  1. Joey Bada$$ exits the top 10. All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ slides from no. 5 to no. 22.



  1. Pentatonix also exits the top 10 as PTX Vol. IV: Classics (EP) slides from no. 4 to no. 30.


  1. Lord Huron sees Strange Trails ascend up the charts from no. 145 to no. 113 thanks to rising single, “The Night We Met.” Interestingly, “The Night We Met” appears in the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why.


  1. Holy Shit,” Father John Misty sees Pure Comedy free fall from no. 10 to no. 129 in its second week on the Billboard 200.


  1. The soundtrack for the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why is on the rise from no. 172 to no. 137. Three weeks ago, the soundtrack debuted at no. 111.


Hot 100 Takeaways  


  1. Kendrick Lamar climbed two spots from no. 3 to earn his first no. 1 single as a solo artist, “Humble.” All of the songs from DAMN. earn a spot on the Hot 100, with the next highest charting song being “DNA.” At no. 4.


  1. Ed Sheeran saw “Shape of You” fall from no. 1 to no. 2 after 12 nonconsecutive weeks at no. 1.


  1. Despite seeing gains, Bruno Mars sees “That’s What I Like” slip from no. 2 to no. 3. Go figure!


  1. Future sees “Mask Off” ascend from no. 7 to no. 5.



  1. Zedd & Alessia Cara breakthrough into the top 10 with “Stay,” which ascends from no. 14 to no. 7.


  1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee move up 39 spots from no. 48 to no. 9 with “Despacito.” Having Justin Bieber on the track as well probably doesn’t hurt.



  1. Harry Styles takes a big tumble as “Sign of the Times” slides from no. 4 to no. 22.


  1. Lady Gaga takes “The Cure” to a no. 39 debut.



  1. Logic debuts at no. 87 with “Black Spiderman” featuring Damian Lemar Hudson.


  1. Lord Huron debuts at no. 99 with “The Night We Met,” the popular song featured on the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack.


Photo Credit: Interscope

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