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 No. 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 — Drake’s eighth consecutive project to hit the No. 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.
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As Billboard points out, Scorpion is Drake’s eighth consecutive album to hit No. 1 on the Top 200, In addition, Drake now ties with Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most credited No. 1 albums among hip-hop acts (Jay-Z continues to hold the top hip-hop spot, with 14 No. 1 albums; among acts from all genres, The Beatles hold the most No. 1s, with 19).
Meanwhile, not only did Scorpion break the billion-stream mark, the album’s streaming success now means that Drake 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 No. 6 with with 253.49 million, along with the debut week of 2016’s Views at No. 7 with 245.09 million.
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