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Following the surprise release of Kendrick Lamar‘s new album untitled unmastered., it should come as no surprise that the TDE emcee’s new project is the top story coming out this week’s Billboard charts rankings. The usual suspects like Rihanna and Justin Bieber continue their runs, but Kendrick is definitely the dominant artist this week.
untitled unmastered. took the No. 1 spots on the Billboard 200, Top Album Sales and Digital albums charts, while easily taking the throne on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums rankings. It was also the reason why Kendrick Lamar cleared out the competition to take the top spot on the Artist 100 chart.
Even with Kendrick’s new project, Rihanna is still going strong. The Anti singer current reigning single “Work” sits at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs charts. Thanks to the absence of “typical singles” on untitled unmastered., “Work” is still number one on the joint R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs all count “Work” as their No. 1.
Simultaneously continuing his months-long reign over the charts and cooling down, Justin Bieber appears at No. 1 on two significant charts. The Purpose singer is No. 1 on the Social 50 chart as an artist, while his hit-single “Love Yourself” earns him the top spot on the Radio Songs chart. His main male popstar competitor on the charts, Zayn Malik, comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks for his new song “Like I Would.”
Kendrick Lamar may not have the pop presence of others on the charts, but he certainly has an incredibly impressive base behind him. Let’s see what heights untitled unmastered. can climb.