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Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole And Bruno Mars Top Year-End Billboard 200 Album Chart

Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole And Bruno Mars Top Year-End Billboard 200 Album Chart

Day 1: Kendrick Lamar, Kelala, Vince Staples Tear Down The FYF Fest
Photo Credit: Ural Garrett for Okayplayer
Day 1: Kendrick Lamar, Kelala, Vince Staples Tear Down The FYF Fest
Photo Credit: Ural Garrett for Okayplayer

Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. topped this year’s Billboard 200 Albums.

READ: Kendrick Lamar To Release Collector’s Edition Of ‘DAMN.’

Lamar’s fourth studio album took the No. 1 spot on the chart for 2017, followed by Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic in second place. Also included in the top 10 was Drake‘s More Life and J. Cole‘s 4 Your Eyez Only.

DAMN. taking the top spot on the chart makes sense, considering how well-received the album was. The album has been included on a number of best of albums of the year lists. Plus Kendrick is nominated for seven Grammy Awards including album of the year.

Recently, the Compton rapper released a new collector’s edition of DAMN. Microsoft’s online music store has a listing of the collector’s edition version of the album, which includes new cover art and a revised track list. The album art now shows Lamar wearing a t-shirt with the album’s name on it, while the new track list is backwards so it starts with “DUCKWORTH.” instead of “BLOOD.”

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Prior to the release of the collector’s edition, Lamar had already revealed that his most recent album could be played backwards.

“I think like a week after the album came out, [fans] realized you can play the album backwards…It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm… It’s something that we definitely premeditate while we’re in the studio,” Kendrick said to MTV. “I don’t think the story necessarily changes, I think the feel changes…The initial vibe listening from the top all the way to the bottom is…this aggression and this attitude. You know, ‘DNA,’ and exposing who I really am. You listen from the back end, and it’s almost the duality and the contrast of the intricate Kendrick Lamar. Both of these pieces are who I am.”

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