It’s official, y’all: Kendrick Lamar has the number two album in the country. His proper label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, pushed a total of 242,122 units in its first week. This is a decent amount more than what was previously projected and, really, is a hell of a debut performance by the Compton, Calif. rapper.
And you know, plenty of folks will come here in waving their hands about how album sales don’t matter anymore and how they aren’t a metric success in the music industry these days. I understand completely that artists can make money in a slew of different ways, be it through merchandising, advertising deals, touring, and other options out there today.
But don’t act like Kendrick doing this well isn’t a great sign for both him and his TDE crew. Will ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul move the same numbers when they make their proper debuts? Probably not. But I am willing to bet they’ll do well enough to STAY EATIN’. [via]