Drake‘s new double album “Scorpion” was released on June 29 and had the biggest week for any album in 2018 so far, topping the Billboard 200 albums chart with 732,000 equivalent album units. That massive debut also helped give Drake a record-breaking 7 songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart last week. Well, the Canadian rapper didn’t budge in week two. “Scorpion” is still the biggest album in the country.
“Scorpion” tallied another 335,000 album units this week, which is the biggest second week for any album in two years. Billboard calculates its album units by combining multiple music consumption metrics: traditional album sales, individual track sales, and online streams. Only 29,000 of those units for “Scorpion” were traditional sales, so streaming continues to be Drake’s bread and butter.
In fact, even in its second week “Scorpion” logged the third biggest streaming week for any album in history, behind the album’s record first-week total and the first-week performance of Post Malone‘s “Beerbongs and Bentleys” earlier this year. Post Malone is still going strong since his album’s release in April: this week “Beerbongs” is in second place this week with another 71,000 album units added to its double-platinum success thus far.
Meanwhile, fellow rapper Future has the biggest debut of the week, ranked third with “Beastmode 2” (57,000 album units, entirely from streaming). The next highest debut of the week comes from Meek Mill, whose four-track release “Legends of Summer” enters in ninth position with 26,000 album units.
How long will “Scorpion” continue to reign? Could it match the remarkable 13 weeks Drake spent at number-one in 2016 with his previous album “Views”? Two down, maybe 11 more to go.
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