With nearly five decades of combined experience, it’s no surprise that Beyoncé, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar are still among the best in the music industry several years later, as they placed in three of the top six spots in first-week album sales this year.
Biggest US album debuts of 2022:
#1 Midnights, @taylorswift13 1.578M
#2 Harry's House, @Harry_Styles 522K
#3 Her Loss, @Drake & @21Savage 404K
#4 RENAISSANCE, @Beyonce 332K
#5 SOS, @SZA 318K
#6 PROOF, @BTS_twt 314K
#7 Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, @kendricklamar 296K
— chart data (@chartdata) December 20, 2022
Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss, with 404,000 total album unit sales, came in third place, after only the massive opening weeks of Taylor Swift and multifaceted superstar Harry Styles. And with an impressive 332,000 album-equivalent units sold for Renaissance, Beyoncé comes in fourth.
SZA’s critically acclaimed album, SOS enters the race late, having only released her Billboard chart topper on Dec. 9th, but still manages to finish in the Top 5 with 318,000 copies sold in the first week.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick’s first solo album in five years, was released in May, sending fans into a frenzy with the project’s accompanying music videos to a number of fan favorites. Mr. Morale placed seventh on the ranking, with 296,000 equivalent copies sold.
K-Dot has since concluded his Big Steppers Tour, which took him to 6 continents, 16 nations, and 76 stage appearances.
What a year it’s been for Beyoncé, who has accomplished so much since the release of her Billboard chart-topper, including being the most-awarded woman in Grammy history with 28 wins and a whopping 88 nominations, which saw her tie with her husband Jay-Z.
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