It has been 20 years since the cult Japanese band B’z stormed into their native country’s album chart at #1 with more than 2,7 million retail sales in a week. By then, no album had even break 1 million in the US.
The history will remind that Kendrick Lamar‘s Damn was the most successful album of 2017 in the US. Obviously, it isn’t the top LP since January, but it does lead the list from from late-November 2016 to mid-November 2017 which is what matters for Billboard’s Year-End ahead of Bruno Mars. Maybe more surprising than the #1 is the complete absence of female artists inside the Top 20.