The numbers are officially in. As expected, Drake earns his eighth No. 1 album on Billboard. The Canadian superstar’s new album, Scorpion, debuts at the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Featuring appearances by JAY-Z, Michael Jackson and more, Scorpion moved 732,000 equivalent album units opening week (160,000 in traditional album sales) according to Nielsen Music. All eight of Drake’s full-length projects have gone No. 1, only his 2009 debut EP So Far Gone did not accomplish that feat. Drake now ties Eminem and Kanye West for second-most No. 1 albums in history for a rap act. Only JAY-Z has more, with 14 No. 1 albums.
The 6 God also ties West, Eminem and The Beatles with eight straight chart-topping albums. Scorpion is the biggest selling week for any album in 2018, and the largest since Taylor Swift’s reputation, which opened with 1.24 million units at No. 1 in December 2017. Streaming amounted for most of Drake’s double-album success, becoming the first album to hit 1 billion streams globally in one week.
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