May 4, 2016


Is Drake About to Sell 1 Million First-Week Copies of 'Views'?

Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images

What a time to be Drake. Over the weekend, it was revealed that he sold more than 630,000 album equivalent units of his fourth album, Views, in its first day of release. Then the number climbed to 770,000, marking the biggest sales week of The Boy's career. (By comparison, Beyoncé hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 653,000 copies sold in her first week.) Then we found out "One Dance" will probably be his first No. 1 song.

Now the ceiling's even higher. Views might move make more than 850,000 sales in its first week, Billboard reports, with a possibility of breaking the 1 million mark. "If Views starts with over 800,000 copies sold, it will be just the 10th album to sell more than 800,000 copies in a single week in the past 10 years," the magazine writes. The last male artist to sell that many records in a week was Justin Timberlake in March 2013; the first half of his two-part 20/20 Experience did 968,000 units.

For more Views action, check out the album's 36 best lyrics, a playlist of the delicious samples, a rundown of the major collaborators and our track-by-track analysis. We've also got the perfect Drizzy quotes to write in your friends' yearbooks this spring, plus a particularly apt episode of our digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how Aubrey changed hip-hop and R&B radio culture forever: