Drake Breaks Streaming Record As "More Life" Tops Charts
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:56:30
It shouldn't be a surprise at this point, but Drake new album, More Life has gone straight to the top of the Billboard 200. This is the seventh straight time a Drake LP has topped the US charts. More Life sold 505,000 total albums.
This time around, he also broke his own streaming record. Of those five hundred thousand plus albums sold, 257,000 came from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs), meaning, the rapper tallied around 384.8 million More Life streams over its first week of release. Drake set the last streaming record with Views, which launched with 163,000 SEAs, or 245.1 million streams.
However, Drake is not the only king of the charts, and was unable to topple Ed Sheeran's current reign over traditional album sales, which includes album downloads. The red-headed English singer-songwriter still holds 2017's best sales week, from the debut week of ÷ (Divide).
Nonetheless, Drake has certainly found himself in good company with the release of More Life. His seventh straight number one ties him with Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most No. 1s among hip-hop acts, trailing only Jay Z, who has done it 13 consecutive times. Looks like we all know who the real king of hip hop is, but guess Drake can "watch the throne" while he's off with Queen B.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff