'Good Kid,' Big Sales: Kendrick Lamar's 'm.A.A.d city' Poised for No. 2 Chart Debut

Major-label debut set to chart behind Taylor Swift's 'Red'

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By all accounts, Taylor Swift has next week's Billboard 200 top spot on lock. The country-pop singer's eclectic new album Red is forecasted to sell more than one million copies, as Billboard confirms. But a more surprising and still remarkable chart placement might belong to Kendrick Lamar: The Compton rapper's Essential-stamped good kid, m.A.A.D. city is reportedly on track to bow at No. 2. If Lamar sells more than 220,000 copies of his major-label debut as predicted, he would be within shouting distance of the highest first-week sales mark for a male rapper's album this year. Young Jeezy currently holds that honor, with a 233,000 sales frame in January. In other good news, Tupac-inspired blues-rock guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr.'s major-label debut Blak and Blu also looks set for the top 10. Cue the Jeezy ad libs: Yeaaah! Ay!

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