Scorpion, Drake's 25-track latest offering, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and set what would at first seem to be spectacular number of records for streaming and singles chart placement. "Nice for What" has returned to the top spot on the chart, making it the only song to ever hit No. 1 four times in the chart's history.
His record label Republic Records announced this week that "Scorpion", Drake's fifth album, has crossed the one billion mark in total streams - a first for an album in its first week.
Drake also adds five new Hot 100 top 10s to his tally, taking his career count to 31 and passing Michael Jackson for the most among male soloists.
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According to executives, Drake could easily command a per-album advance of $15 million to $20 million if he signs to a major. Drake's other songs in the Top 10 are "God's Plan", "In My Feelings", "I'm Upset", "Emotionless" and "Don't Matter to Me", which includes previously recorded vocals from Michael Jackson. Consider the fact that Drake's previous record for number of songs in the Hot 100 at once was 24, and this album has 25, just enough to break it. "Nonstop" grabbed the top spot. It sold 732k copies in the first week with streaming numbers included.
In Canada, Drake's album proved popular as well, bringing in 70,000 equivalent units.
Drake now ties Kanye West, Eminem and the Beatles for eight consecutive No. 1 albums. It racked up 745.92 million USA online plays in its first week, the highest streaming debut for any artist ever.