Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Opens With the Year’s Biggest Week

All 12 months lengthy, Drake has teased his followers with a brand new album, which he mentioned early on could be known as “Certified Lover Boy.” It was certain to be successful, however how huge? For Drake, a titan of the streaming period — who over the final week has been going through off towards Kanye West — the stakes have been excessive.

Now the reply is obvious: “Certified Lover Boy” is a blockbuster, eclipsing every thing else launched this 12 months, though as a streaming phenomenon it fell barely wanting Drake’s personal file.

In its first week out, Drake’s album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s chart with the equal of 613,000 gross sales in the United States, in line with MRC Data. That is greater than any title since Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” had 846,000 in July 2020, earlier than a change in Billboard’s chart guidelines disqualified most retail bundles, like giving followers a obtain with the sale of a T-shirt — a extremely efficient however contested gross sales technique.

Drake’s nice energy is streaming, and “Certified Lover Boy” didn’t disappoint. In its first week out, the album’s 21 songs racked up 744 million streams in the United States — about 74,000 per minute — way over some other title. It broke Spotify’s file for the most streams in a single day; over the week, songs from “Certified Lover Boy” took up 19 of the service’s high 25 spots. (West’s “Donda” opened with the equal of 309,000 gross sales, together with 357 million streams.)

But “Certified Lover Boy” didn’t fairly match the streaming efficiency of Drake’s final correct studio album, “Scorpion,” in 2018. In its first week out, “Scorpion” had 746 million clicks. The trivia of chart composition exhibits that “Certified Lover Boy” isn’t as near that file because it may appear. When “Scorpion” got here out, Billboard counted solely audio streams; in 2020, it started incorporating each audio and video clicks. According to Billboard, the 744 million whole streams for “Certified Lover Boy” contains practically 29 million for movies.

West’s “Donda,” final week’s chart-topper, fell to second place with the equal of 141,000 gross sales, a drop of 54 p.c.

Also this week, the veteran British heavy steel band Iron Maiden scored its highest chart place ever with “Senjutsu,” which opens at No. three — with simply three.6 million streams, however 61,000 copies offered as a full package deal. The band’s final two studio albums, “The Book of Souls” (2015) and “The Final Frontier” (2010), every went to No. four. (And 1980s classics like “Powerslave” and “Somewhere in Time”? They by no means cracked the Top 10.)

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” is No. four and Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” is No. 5.