Drake is back… officially!
A week after the release of his Scorpion album, the project debuts atop the Billboard 200 at No. 1, with the largest sales week of 2018 for any album.
The double album opens with 732,000 equivalent album units. Of that number, 160,000 were traditional album sales, reports Billboard.
For Drake, it’s his eighth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. His only project to not top the chart is his debut EP, So Far Gone, which peaked at No. 6 in 2009. The feat also puts Drake in a tie with Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most No. 1 albums among hip-hop acts in the history of the Billboard 200. JAY-Z is the only artist ahead of them with 14 No. 1s.
Furthermore, Scorpion sets a one-week record for largest U.S. on-demand audio streams for an album ever with 745.92 million. In three days, Drake beat the previous record, held by Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys. It also makes history as the first album to be streamed 1 billion times globally in a single week — the biggest debut of the streaming era.
If you haven’t yet, you can get Drake’s Scorpion now on iTunes.
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