Sales of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. increased by 236 percent after it won the Pulitzer Prize

Streaming increased too.

April 26, 2018
Sales of Kendrick Lamar’s <i>DAMN.</i> increased by 236 percent after it won the Pulitzer Prize Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Sales of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. have skyrocketed in the wake of his recent Pulitzer Prize, the first such award given to a rapper. According to Billboard, sales of the 2017 album increased by 236 percent in the week following the announcement, 11,000 copies were sold, up from 1,000 the week before. Streaming of the album also got a 25 percent bump.

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Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize since its inception. The website for the award called it "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

Sales of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. increased by 236 percent after it won the Pulitzer Prize