Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city has made a return to the top 10 of Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart — over eight years after it was released.
According to MRC Data, the album climbed from No. 23 to No. 9 on the January 9-dated chart after selling roughly 8,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending December 31, with vinyl making up the entire figure. Overall sales falling 42.5 percent for the week actually meant good kid earned 32 percent less than the week before, but succeeded in declining less than every other carryover album in the top 10.
To put it into perspective, Playboi Carti‘s new album Whole Lotta Red opened at No. 6 on the Top Album Sales chart with 10,000 units sold, having debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift’s Evermore is currently No. 1 on the Top Album Sales with just 16,000 more units than Kendrick.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ has had a mad chart rebound! https://t.co/TtUr18Elup
— billboard (@billboard) January 8, 2021
good kid, m.A.A.d city‘s increase in sales is credited to Target, Walmart and independent record stores’ sales for the Christmas holidays, which has also led to the album rising from No. 8 to No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart — reaching a new peak. Additionally, the album sold 31,000 total vinyl copies in the last month, and was the best-selling rap album of 2020 on vinyl and 10th overall for the year with 117,000 copies sold.
The surge arrives after Good Kid debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart dated November 10, 2012, and last appeared in the top 10 on the November 24, 2012 chart at No. 9. Since its release on October 22, 2012, the album has sold 1.98 million copies across CD, vinyl and digital downloads, with 341,000 attributed to vinyl.
In October, Kendrick Lamar told rising Los Angeles-bred rapper Baby Keem why he’ll never make good kid, m.A.A.d City 2.
“I spend the whole year just thinking about how I’m gonna execute a new sound, I can’t do the same thing over and over,” he said.. “I need something to get me excited.” He also admitted the pressure he felt to execute his 2012 sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d City, while explaining why he’ll never make a sequel.
“I remember the sophomore jinx of good kid, m.A.A.d City; it was for that year and for that time,” he says. “I was in a different space in my life. I already knew off the top I can’t make good kid, m.A.A.d City Part Two. The second I’m making that, it’s corny, bro. That takes the feeling away from the first. I need that muthafucka to live in its own world. Then boom, To Pimp A Butterfly. Some people love it to death, some people hate it.”
Revisit the album below.