Drake has surpassed the initial projections that said his VIEWS album would sell 1 million album equivalent units its first week after release.
According to Pitchfork, Republic Records announced yesterday (May 5) that the project sold 1.2 million units worldwide in six days, with more than 1 million of those from the United States. Drizzy’s fourth studio album has been streamed more than 250 million times globally, with the United States accounting for 200 million of those.
Drake previously reported that VIEWS sold 630,000 units its first night.
The official Nielson Soundscan report is set to be released Monday (May 9), where Drake is projected to take the top spot, overtaking Beyonce’s LEMONADE album, which has had the highest-selling album in one week so far this year.
VIEWS is due for physical release today (May 6) and will reportedly end its Apple Music exclusive for streaming May 13, when it will be available on all other major streaming services.
(This article was first published May 2, 2016 and is as follows.)
The project, which is expected to debut at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, sold a reported 630,000 copies in one night after its release to iTunes and Apple Music Friday (April 29).
Hits Daily Double reports that VIEWS will sell 1 million album equivalent units its first week. Drizzy is projected to sell nine hundred thousand copies of his fourth studio album. In regards to streams, Nielson counts streams for singles that were released prior to the album. Therefore, the numbers will include the streams for “Hotline Bling,” which, at the time of publication, has more than 700 million YouTube views.
By comparison, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV debuted with 964,000 album sales upon its August 2011 release.
Also that year, Drake released Take Care, which topped the chart with 631,000 units in November.
Most recently, Drake’sIf Youre Reading This Its Too Late mixtape debuted at the top of the charts with 535,000 album equivalent units. It set a Spotify record after being streamed 17 million times in three days.
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