Drake’s latest release has already made history as the first-ever album to be streamed more than 1 billion times in its first week of release — and that was only the beginning.
Now that the first-week sales have been tabulated, Billboard confirms that Drake’s “Scorpion” has captured the #1 position on the Billboard Top 200 — Drake’s eigth consecutive project to hit the #1 spot.
According to Nielsen Music, “Scorpion” (which was released on June 29) sold 732,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 5, with 160,000 of that number in traditional album sales.
As Billboard points out, “Scorpion” is Drake’s eighth consecutive album to hit #1 on the Top 200, In addition, Drake now ties with Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most credited #1 albums among hip-hop acts (Jay-Z continues to hold the top hip-hop spot, with 14 #1 albums; among acts from all genres, The Beatles hold the most #1s, with 19).
Meanwhile, not only did “Scorpion” break the billion-stream mark, the album’s streaming success now means that Champagne Papi can boast of having four of the 10 biggest streaming weeks ever; in addition to a billion-plus streams for “Scorpion”, Drake can also lay claim to the third-largest streaming week (2017’s “More Life”, with 384.84 million streams in its first week, while that same album’s second week lands at #6 with 253.49 million, along with the debut week of 2016’s “Views” at #7 with 245.09 million.
As if that’s not enough, all 25 of the tracks on “Scorpion” have landed in Billboard‘s Top 100 — meaning that one-quarter of the Top 100 is made up of Drake songs! In addition, Drake’s singles with Lil Baby (“Yes Indeed”) and 2 Chainz/Quavo (“Bigger > You”) are also charting in the Top 100, giving him a total of 27 songs in the Top 100 to break a record previously held by… Drake.