Drake’s latest debuts at #1 and sets a new streaming record.
Drake‘s More Life has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 505,000 equivalent album units sold, reports Billboard. Of that figure, 257,000 of the equivalent units were attained through streaming, which comes from 384.8 million streams logged in the U.S. This means that More Life has broken Drake’s previous streaming record set with VIEWS, which earned 163,000 streaming equivalent units in its first week (or 245.1 million song streams). At the same time, More Life does not come close to VIEWS‘ full first week sales count, which was 1.04 million equivalent album units. On Saturday, it was estimated that More Life could earn as many as 600 million song streams worldwide in its first week. Those numbers are yet to be confirmed.
The breakdown of Drake’s sales can be found below.
Streaming Equivalent Albums: 257,000
Track Equivalent Albums: 23,000
Traditional Album Sales: 226,000
Meanwhile, Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 106,000 equivalent album units. 70,000 of those units came through in traditional sales. This is Ross’ biggest sales week since he debuted at No. 1 with Mastermind in 2014, selling 179,000 copies.