Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ Has Spent 25 Consecutive Weeks in the Billboard 200 Top 10

A few days after Kendrick Lamar released Damn back in April, the Compton rapper was projected to not only debut at No. 1, but also move close to half a million equivalent album units first week. The end result was the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart and 603,000 units moved. That moment was a sign of his impending chart dominance this year.

In the Billboard 200 chart week ending Oct. 5, Kendrick reached another career achievement: Damn has spent 25 consecutive weeks in the top 10. That's nearly half of the entire year. No matter how you slice it, it's an impressive feat.

Here's what makes it more impressive. In a year where albums have been released from Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Katy Perry—three artists who have made the Billboard charts home their entire career—only Damn and Sheeran's ​÷ have spent 25 or more weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. Sheeran has tallied up 27 weeks, but his longest streak is 20. 

And if we're talking streaks, Damn spent 21 straight weeks in the top five; Sheeran's ÷ topped out at nine weeks.

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The last rapper to spend 25 or more weeks in the top 10 was Drake with his 2016 release Views. That album lasted 35 weeks in the top 10, with a streak of 30 (May 21-Dec. 10).

Back in July, Billboard unveiled Nielsen Music's mid-year report for top-performing albums based on overall equivalent album units, and Damn led the way with 1,772,000 units. That total is now around the 2.3 million mark based on recent reports, which means Kendrick Lamar is still the front-runner.

There's a possibility Taylor Swift could swoop in the last two months of 2017 and snatch the crown with her sixth studio album Reputation (due out Nov. 10), but for now King Kendrick reigns supreme.

Check out a week-to-week rank and figure breakdown of Damn below.

Week        Rank    Figure
April 20    No. 1    603,000
April 27    No. 1    239,000
May 4        No. 1    173,000
May 11      No. 3    134,000
May 18      No. 3    117,000
May 25      No. 2    98,000
June 1        No. 2    84,000
June 8        No. 2    73,000
June 15      No. 2    69,000
June 22      No. 3    70,000
June 29      No. 3    59,000
July 6         No. 3    56,000
July 13       No. 3    54,000
July 20       No. 2    56,000
July 27       No. 5    48,000
Aug. 3        No. 2    47,000
Aug. 10      No. 1    47,000
Aug. 17      No. 2    43,000
Aug. 24      No. 3    41,000
Aug. 31      No. 5    45,000
Sept. 7       No. 4    40,000
Sept. 14     No. 8    35,000
Sept. 21     No. 4    34,000
Sept. 28     No. 8    34,000
Oct. 5         No. 9    34,000

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More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting. 

The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.

 

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Cardi B’s Dentist Also Making Money Moves After Shout-Out on “Bodak Yellow”

Cardi B is absolutely killing it right now. She has officially dethroned Taylor Swift from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow,” making it the first solo woman-fronted rap single to top the chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” back in 1998. But Cardi’s song has done a lot more than just make America’s summer better. 

Cardi’s dentist, Dr. Catrise Austin, has reported a significant boom in business due to just one shout-out in the song, proving Cardi B is really out here helping everyone she can make money moves, just like herself. For reference: in one of the verses of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi raps, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth/Hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap.”

Cardi’s dentist has also done work on DJ Khaled, Common, Toni Braxton, Omarosa Manigault, and Busta Rhymes—but it was only after Cardi B rapped about her work that Dr. Austin noticed a bump in her business. And it’s a pretty significant one: Dr. Austin told TMZ her business has tripled so far, with people Googling and calling her to find out more. She also claims that Cardi’s dental work cost as much as a luxury SUV.

“Just this week, I've got so many calls because people want to know 'who is Cardi B's dentist,'” Dr. Austin said in a video posted to TMZ. She also said Cardi's major dental work last year, followed by the rapper's skyrocketing success, has inspired people of all kinds to come in and change their smile, and consequently “change their lives.” 

 

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Rapper Fabolous realized the genius of the line a while ago when he posted a photo with Cardi to his Instagram with the lyrics as a caption, also pointing to some dental work he had done as well. After all, Cardi is definitely not ashamed of her come-up, nor is she trying to hide the fact that she knows where to spend the money coming in from her burgeoning music career. She's open about the work she's done with Dr. Austin in the past, claiming “if you don't feel comfortable about something, go and fix it.”

But it's a testament to Cardi's confidence that she didn't even seem all that bothered pre-dental work. At least not as bothered as her haters, as she tweeted in 2016. 

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Immediately after Taylor Swift shared the cover art and release date for her new album Reputation, the apparently inevitable Kanye West theories started piling up. Some argued that Swift's questionable font choice owed something to West's The Life of Pablo designs, while others suggested Swift was intentionally wearing a Yeezy-esque top in the cover photo.

Also, Reputation is set to drop Nov. 10, a date that will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Donda West—Kanye's mother. While the sheer preposterousness of imagining anyone (regardless of how you feel about Swift) actually stooping to this level intentionally should have been enough to squash this rumor before it even began, many started running with exactly that narrative.

Thankfully, we can now confirm that those rumors touch on approximately zero truths. “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” a source close to the situation told Complex Friday. “There is no correlation.”

So far, debut Reputation single “Look What You Made Me Do” (which most certainly includes a few Kanye references) has been met with decidedly mixed reviews.

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Former radio host David Mueller's lawsuit against Taylor Swift has been thrown out by a Denver judge. Mueller insisted that Swift's allegations that he had groped her cost him his job and ruined his career. He was seeking $3 million in damages. U.S. District Judge William Martinez handed down the dismissal on Friday. 

Swift's civil suit against Mueller over the groping, which has been ongoing for four years, stems from an incident that took place in 2013 during a meet-and-greet following a concert in Denver. Swift testified that Mueller “grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” Swift also remarked, “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass…as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.” Mueller denies he assaulted the massively popular singer. 

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Taylor symbolically counter-sued the former DJ for $1. Swift's attorney J. Douglas Baldridge remarked, “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen.” Swift testified that a “light switched off in my personality” after the assault. 

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Taylor Swift testified Thursday in the trial for her civil suit against David Mueller, a DJ from Denver who Swift says groped her under her skirt during a meet-and-greet in 2013. This is the first time Swift has taken the stand in the case, despite the fact that it's been ongoing for more than four years. 

Swift was clear and concise in her testimony. “He did not touch my rib,” Swift said in court, according to TMZ. “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass… as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”

“It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before,” the pop star added. “He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” 

Mueller denies that he inappropriately touched Swift. However, he appears to have forgotten that meet-and-greet events are, by definition, an opportunity to get a photo with the artist—and there’s pretty damning photographic evidence. TMZ unearthed the photo in question, and while it might not prove anything definitively, the photo does show Mueller’s arm in a pretty awkward angle.

The defense claimed Swift’s accusations are false because she continued the meet-and-greet after the alleged assault took place. Mueller’s lawyer claimed she could have taken a break from taking photos with fans, as if that somehow would have changed the situation or made it go away. 

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This year belongs to Kendrick Lamar. For the latest chapter in the Damn era, Lamar appears on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. The instaclassic interview sees Lamar reflecting on his recent successes and the state of the world around him, while also answering lighter inquiries about his favorite Drake songs and his unknowing involvement in Taylor Swift's public feud with Katy Perry.

 

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At the top of the interview, Lamar is asked to reveal his vices. For Lamar, the biggest vice is being addicted to the chase of his work. “It turns into a vice when I shut off people that actually care for me, because I'm so indulged spreading this word,” he told writer Brian Hiatt. “Being on that stage, knowing that you're changing people's lives, that's a high.”

For Damn, Lamar said, the initial goal in the studio was to make a “hybrid” of good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly. “That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody—and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head…It's all pieces of me ,” he said.

Asked about being “on some level” a pop artist, Lamar gave an insightful answer sprinkled with wink-winks:

It gets tricky because you can have that one big record, but you can still have that integrity at the same time. Not many can do it…wink-wink [laughs]. Still have them raps going crazy on that album and have a Number One record, wink-wink. Call it whatever you want to call it. As long as the artist remains true to the craft of hip-hop and the culture of it, it is what it is.

Lamar also gave his official definition of a “wack artist,” originally referenced on the Damn track “Element.” According to Lamar, a wack artist is someone seeking approval by using other people's art and chasing other artists' versions of success. “Everybody's not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “I'm not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.”

And elsewhere, Lamar shared his thoughts on ghostwriting, which has obviously been a hot topic in rap in recent years. He said that he feels it's impossible to consider yourself one of the best rappers if you use a ghostwriter to create your songs. “I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter,” he said. “If you're saying you're a different type of artist and you don't really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won't be there.”

Hiatt and Lamar later touched on “Humble,” Trump, Drake (“I got a lot of favorite Drake songs”), Beyoncé, Future, his relationship with Bono, fielding acting offers, and—seriously—a ton more.

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