After earning just under 47,000 equivalent album units with 11,000 of which coming from traditional album sales this week, Damn came away with the No. 1 spot, barely surpassing Brett Eldredge’s self-titled album which took home 45,000 units. Where Damn did its most damage was in streaming equivalent units with 31,000. The album was the most-streamed title on the chart, generating 46.2 million on-demand audio streams.
Damn has consistently lingered on the charts well after the album was released four months ago. However, this is the first time since the May 20 chart that the album finished the week at No. 1. The 13-week hiatus from the top spot is the longest span in more than four years. Previously, Babel, by Mumford & Sons, took 17 weeks to return to the top in March 2013.
Damn has also been able to take advantage of poor showings by its competitors. The project's approximate 47,000 units is the second lowest weekly total for a No. 1 album since the beginning of the Billboard 200 in 2014. Last week, Damn finished behind Everything Now by Arcade Fire, which was the only debut album that week to land in the top 25 on the albums chart.
Even though Damn has gotten some help along the way, Kendrick's latest project doesn't show any signs in slowing down.