Kendrick Lamar's 'Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers' Is First Hip-Hop Album of 2022 to Hit 1 Billion Spotify Streams

The record is also now eligible for gold certification.

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Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is officially the first hip-hop record of 2022 to surpass 1 billion streams on Spotify.

The news was broken by Chart Data, which added that the project has already sold more than 500,000 units in the United States and is eligible for a gold plaque, but is yet to be certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Meanwhile, HITS Daily Double suggests that Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers could make its return to this week’s Billboard 200 top 10, thanks to its latest vinyl sales.

The album briefly held the record for the biggest opening week of 2022, earning 258,500 in streaming equivalent album in its first week to give K-Dot his fourth No. 1. It also held the largest streaming week for an R&B/hip-hop album and largest sales week for a digital album in 2022.

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