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Drake scores his eighth No. 1 album on Billboard's chart with 'Scorpion'

Drake at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards Drake at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Julia Gonzales | 11 July, 2018, 06:23

Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album "Scorpion", which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. It racked up 745.92 million USA online plays in its first week, the highest streaming debut for any artist ever.

Drake's new feat breaks the Beatles' 1964 record, when five of their songs reached the Top 10 in the same week.

That line off his platinum album Scorpion has fueled reports that the rapper is at the end of his deal with Young Money/Cash Money, which is distributed through Universal Music Group's Republic Records.

Hip hop artist Drake and late rapper XXXTentacion are now dominating New Zealand's Official Top40 Singles Chart, with both artists holding five chart positions.

All of this comes on the heels of Drake also notching a streaming record. There's some complicated math behind them, but what they basically mean is that if an album's songs are downloaded or streamed on services like Spotify often enough, it can boost the album's chart position just like a traditional physical sale would.

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All of this led to something like the Steroids Era for chart positions.

So it's a little unfair to compare Drake's numbers to the Beatles and Michael Jackson records he smashed.

Drake's rankings are as follows: "Nice for What" at No. 1; "Nonstop" at No. 2; "God's Plan" at No. 4; "In My Feelings" at No. 6; "I'm Upset" at No. 7; "Emotionless" at No. 8; and "Don't Matter to Me", featuring Michael Jackson, at No. 9.

According to executives, Drake could easily command a per-album advance of $15 million to $20 million if he signs to a major.

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