Kendrick Lamar lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his latest release, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, launches atop the list (dated May 28). He’s debuted at No. 1 with each of his last four albums.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers charges in with 295,500 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 19, according to Luminate making it the largest week of the year for any album. It’s the third straight week in which that benchmark has been crushed. A week ago, Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti did the trick with its No. 1 debut of 274,000, and in the week before that, Future’s I Never Liked You bowed at No. 1 with 222,000
Kendrick’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ 18 tracks are split evenly on the album into two parts, each part with nine tracks. The first half is named Big Steppers and the second half is named Mr. Morale. The album was not preceded by any pre-release singles (though, Lamar did drop the non-album track “The Heart Part 5” on May 8, along with an eye-catching music video). Following the album’s arrival, Lamar released the official music video for “N95,” a song that is on the album.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers claims the biggest week, by equivalent album units, for any album since Adele’s 30 debuted with 839,000 units in the week ending Nov. 25, 2021 (chart dated Dec. 4, 2021).