Drake just landed the top slot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his new release “More Life.” Of the 505,000 units credited, just over half (257,000) were streaming, which is a new record for a Billboard chart topper.
This is the seventh No. 1 album in a row for the Canadian star. His first four studio albums –“Thank Me Later” (2010), “Take Care” (2011), “Nothing Was the Same” (2013) and “Views” (2016) — all debuted in the top slot as did his two 2015 mix tape discs (“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and “What a Time to Be Alive”).
“Views” reaped eight Grammy bids, including Album of the Year, at the most recent awards. However, Drake won just two races: Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for “Hotline Bling.” But the categorization of that tune as a rap song caused him to declare, “I don’t even want them.” As he explained in an interview with OVO Sound Radio, “Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category.” He theorized, “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why.”
“More Life” will defy such description. The 22 songs on the album, which Drake describes as a playlist, cut across a wide range of genres, including hip hop, R&B, dancehall, grime, trap and Afrobeat. These tunes feature a slew of other artists, including Giggs, PartyNextDoor, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Young Thug.