Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ keeps afloat at top of Billboard 200

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ earns its second week at the top of the Billboard charts.

(INTERSCOPE) – Rapper Kendrick Lamar held onto the top spot of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (April 01), in a week that saw little change among the top-selling records.

Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” his first chart-topping album, sold another 107,000 albums and 49,000 songs and was streamed online 17.9 million times, a cumulative sales total of 123,000 units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The soundtrack for Fox TV’s hit hip-hop drama “Empire” held steady at No. 2 for the second week, selling 61,000 units, while the soundtrack to Universal Pictures’ steamy film “Fifty Shades of Grey” climbed one spot to No. 3 with 54,000 units.

Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” landed back in the top five with 53,000 units; and Taylor Swift’s “1989” remained at number 5 with 52,000 units.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ upbeat track “Uptown Funk!” held steady at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 165,000 downloads in its 20th week on the chart.