Drake Is Officially Platinum After 6 Days

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In just under 6 days, Drake’s label has announced that Views has moved over 1.2 million copies – certifying it as platinum status! Part of those sales include 250 million streams on Apple Music – BUT, there may be a loophole I’m not sure if this is true, but I read that in adding “Hotline Bling” to the project – which was ALREADY a platinum single, he got all of the streams it garnered since its release last fall. That’s a pretty decent leg to stand on, huh? Either way, congrats Drizzy! This is HUGE!


Prince Sells Over 250K Albums On Day Of His Death, Takes No. 1 & 2 On Billboard 200

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The late great Prince continues to make huge feats in the music industry, even amidst his untimely death last Thursday morning. Billboard now reports that in the past 6 days, two of Prince’s albums have grabbed the No. 1 & 2 spots and another in the top 10 — not to mention soaring album sales that’s likely to even go higher.


Kanye West Lands At #1 On Billboard 200 & TWENTY88 (Big Sean & Jhene Aiko) At #5

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Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo was released in February, but it was only available via TIDAL. Initially, its sales and streams through the service were not reported to Nielsen Music, and it was thus unable to chart on Billboard. On April 1, the album became available to other streaming services, and went on sale via his website and TIDAL. The streams and sales were finally reported to Nielsen, enabling its arrival on the charts – two months after its initial release. Selling 94k units this week, TLOP tops the charts of the Billboard 200, becoming the first album ever to top the chart with the majority of its units being generated by streaming equivalent albums. (Only 28k of that number were through traditional sales.) Looks like there really was a method to his madness, huh? Congrats, Ye! Congrats are also in order for Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean, who arrives at number 5 on the Billboard 200 this week alongside Jhene Aiko with TWENTY88. The surprise joint album sold an impressive 49k units in its first week. Check out the full top 10 below!


Flatbush Zombies Debut At #10 On Billboard 200

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Rihanna is not the only one having a great week on the Billboard 200! While ANTI shot back up to number one after 8 weeks out already, the Flatbush Zombies also have reason to celebrate! Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott dropped their debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, last week, and it has debuted at number 10 with 28k units sold (24k in pure album sales.) The album is led by the single “Bounce,” which hit the top 40 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart last month. Also notable – Kevin Gates is still chilling in the top 10 with another 30k units of Islah sold this week, and Kendrick Lamar goes from number 1 to 5 with untitled unmastered moving another 38k. Check out this week’s full top 10 below!


Fetty Wap, The Weeknd and Drake & Future Are STILL Killing It On Billboard

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Fetty Wap, Drake/Future and The Weeknd have been hanging out comfortably in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 since their respective releases, proving they certainly can stand the test of time and hype. DJ Khaled and The Game, however? Eh, not so much. Their projects have all fallen out of the top 50 since their releases in the last few weeks, with Khaled being the most recent at just two weeks ago. After debuting at number 12 on last week’s chart, I Changed A Lot has dropped a steep 69% in sales this week. Sheesh! That’s not to say any of these projects can’t bounce back after a televised performance, continued touring and/or another hit single, though, so don’t fret! And shout out to Bryson Tiller, who though not in the top 10, has been steadily selling at least 20k a week of T R A P S O U L since it’s release last month! This kid is definitely not going anywhere! Check out the full top 10 below. Next week we’ll finally get back to sales forecasts, as Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara and A Tribe Called Quest all drop this Friday!


Machine Gun Kelly Debuts At #4 With ‘General Admission’

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Congrats are in order for my boy Machine Gun Kelly! He has the number 1 hip-hop in the country this week with the debut of his sophomore album General Admission, and the number 4 album overall! The project sold a solid 56k units in its first week in stores, and beating 2012’s Lace Up, which debuted and peaked at number 4 with 51k sold. The Game comes in at 6 with The Documentary 2.5 selling 48k, which is pretty dope – considering last week’s The Documentary also sold really well. In the coming weeks, the Compton rapper will package them together as a joint album. Check out this week’s top 10 below!


First Week Sales Projections For Drake and Future Are Looking Crazy!

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Not that this comes as any surprise – but Drake and Future are about to make a killing with their joint effort, What A Time To Be Alive. After less than 24 hours on iTunes, early sales forecasts already have the mixtape projected to do around 500k by Friday! In comparison, Drake’s last project, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late had an opening week of 495k, while Future’s DS2 did 147k.


Find Out What Travi$ Scott’s Debut Album ‘Rodeo’ Is Expected To Sell In Its First Week!

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After much anticipation, Travi$ Scott finally released his debut album Rodeo this past Friday, September 4. Though reviews from critics have been mixed, it appears fans are enjoying the project from the G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle rapper/producer, and that is reflected in its sales predictions. According to early forecasts, Rodeo is expected to move between 80,000 and 100,000 units in its first week. Thoughts?


Dr. Dre’s New Album Debuted At #2 On The Billboard 200

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After a sixteen-year hiatus, Dr. Dre returned to the Billboard charts last week with the release of Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre. The follow-up to 1999’s 2001 debuted at number two on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, moving an impressive 295k units. Of that number, 276k were physical album sales, while the remainder come from streaming services and single sales. Also notable on the Billboard 200 this week is the sparked interest in Kendrick Lamar and N.W.A. since the release of both Dre’s album and the Straight Outta Compton film. Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly saw a surge in sales this week and jumped up to the number 29 spot with another 12.5k in sales, while N.W.A. continues to jump up the charts with their 1988 release, Straight Outta Compton. In anticipation of the film, the album returned to the charts three weeks ago at #173. Since then, it jumped to 97, and now this week appears at the number 30 spot. With the movie having just come out this past Friday, it’s likely the album will be even higher on next week’s chart. Pretty dope! In the meantime, check out the full top 10 for this week below.


Meek Mill Tops The Charts For A Second Week In A Row

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Last week, the official new music release day changed from Tuesday to Friday, thus changing the weekly Nielsen Soundscan tracking period from ending on Sunday to now ending on Thursday. That being said, the transition week would require some adjusting from Billboard, so for the first and only time, they tracked 11 days worth of sales – though they’d already calculated 7 days of them on last week’s chart. Basically, this week’s chart is last week’s chart plus 4 extra days of sales. Next week we will be back to the normal 7-day tracking. With that, Meek Mill tops the charts again, as Dreams Worth More Than Money moved an additional 42k units in those 4 days, making his total 11-day tally 289k. Go, Meek! Check out the full top 10 below. (Note, the bold number is for the full 11 days, not the 4 days.)


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