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On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar Sets 2017's Best-Selling Week With 'Damn!'

Kendrick Lamar‘s new LP Damn! set the bar for all 2017 releases as the rapper’s latest LP easily achieved the best-selling week of the year so far.

Damn! sold 603,000 total copies in its first week of availability, nearly 100,000 more than 2017’s previous highest seller, Drake’s More Life. Of Damn!‘s total, 353,000 copies came from traditional album sales, while another 227,000 were generated by streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs, Billboard reports.

Damn! marks Lamar’s third straight Number One album – following 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly and 2016’s Untitled Unmastered – and established a new career high for the rapper sales-wise, as Damn!‘s 603,000 opening week sales far eclipsed To Pimp a Butterfly‘s 324,000 opening week in May 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of copies behind Damn!, John Mayer landed at Number Two with The Search for Everything, the second time the singer finished in second place in recent months: The Search for Everything: Wave One debuted at Number Two in February. Mayer’s new LP ended the week with 132,000 total copies.

Besides Damn! and The Search for Everything, only one more new release cracked the Top 10: The soundtrack for the box office record-breaking The Fate of the Furious, which bowed at Number 10 and 37,000 copies.

Drake’s More Life was the highest-ranking returnee at Number Three, with Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Number Four) and the Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open (Number Five, down from Number One last week) and the Moana soundtrack (Number Six) behind it.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Seven, Future’s Future at Number Eight and the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack at Number Nine closed out the Top 10.

Despite new releases from Incubus and Brad Paisley, Damn! will likely remain atop the Billboard 200 next week.

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See John Mayer, Ryan Adams Perform 'Come Pick Me Up' in Los Angeles

John Mayer brought out Ryan Adams during his concert Friday night in Inglewood, California, with the singer-songwriters performing Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up” together at the Forum.

Adams, wearing a Black Flag Slip It In shirt, handled lead vocals on the Heartbreaker track, with Mayer providing background on the rousing chorus and expansive guitar solos straight out of his work with Dead & Company. (Mayer will rejoin the Grateful Dead offshoot this summer for a 19-date tour.)

“What a blast! Such a beautiful @JohnMayer show & one hell of a way to see @theforum for the first time! XO,” Adams tweeted of the performance, later promising to make Mayer a Voivod mixtape.

Mayer has been on the road to support his new album The Search for Everything, which arrived in full on April 14th after initially trickling out in “waves.”

“It’s beyond a break-up record,” Mayer told Rolling Stone of his new LP. “It’s about my impression of loss. It’s about the ghost in the room. Proudly, it is, as my therapist says, a study into the metaphysics of absent love.”

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Hear Frank Ocean's Mellow New Song 'Lens'

Frank Ocean aired an unannounced episode of Blonded Radio late Saturday night on Beats 1, where the singer debuted two versions of another new song titled “Lens.”

Ocean’s voice is the main instrument on the largely unadorned track, with only occasional keyboard flourishes and a light touch of drums accompanying Ocean’s manipulated vocals over the song’s three-minute runtime.

“Fake flowers / No water needed / Real life drowned by the weekend,” Ocean sings, his voice coated in Auto-Tune. “Despite our history / Some way at night, you’re stuck when you think of me.”

In addition to Ocean’s solo version, the singer also dropped a “V2” six-minute take that, following a long outro, boasts a verse from Travis Scott, whose voice is similarly distorted:

The “Lens V2” cover art sports a variation of artist Kerry James Marshall’s famed 1980 painting “A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self.”

“Lens” is the third new song that Ocean has debuted on his Beats 1 show following the release of his two LPs Endless and Blonde. The singer previously premiered “Chanel” and “Biking,” which featured Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator.

Next month, Ocean will return to the stage for the first time in over two years when he performs at Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Fest, with gigs at festivals like Washington state’s Sasquatch, Los Angeles’ FYF Fest and New York’s Panorama also scheduled.

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