Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is the Fastest-Selling Album of 2017

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Kendrick Lamar performs on the Coachella Stage during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 23, 2017. The rapper's new album debuts at No.1 in the U.S. Rich Fury/Getty

Kendrick Lamar is making Drake and Ed Sheeran say DAMN.

The rapper’s latest album, released April 14, debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart Sunday with the highest sales figures of 2017 so far.

Lamar’s DAMN. sold 603,000 album equivalent units in its first week—surpassing the first-week numbers for both Drake’s More Life and Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide); More Life bowed in with 505,000 album equivalent units sold earlier in April, while ÷ opened with a sizeable 451,000 units in March.

Billboard reports that of that total (which included streams and individual track sales) Lamar sold 353,000 in traditional digital download sales.

In streaming equivalent numbers, the album posted 227,000 units, which is the second-highest streaming equivalent album (SEA) sales ever, behind only Drake’s More Life. That record launched with 254,000 SEA units in April. DAMN. was streamed 340.6 million times in its first week of release, says Billboard. Some 1,500 streams of songs from a single album are equal to one album sale on the Billboard 200.

A further 23,000 units came from track equivalent album (TEA) sales. The Billboard chart counts 10 songs digitally downloaded from a single album as the equivalent of one album sale.

DAMN. gives Lamar his third consecutive Billboard No.1 album, following 2016’s untitled unmastered., which opened with 178,000 album equivalent units, and 2015’s critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly, which posted 324,000 sales in its first week.

The latest set is Lamar’s fourth studio album and was met with critical acclaim upon release. The Guardian gave it five out of five stars, praising the artist for his “brilliant, sharp-edged storytelling.” In a 4.5-star review, Rolling Stone said Lamar had entered “beast mode.”

DAMN. features collaborations with Rihanna and U2, as well as writing credits from Jay Z and Bruno Mars.