Drake‘s album “Scorpion” spent its first two weeks on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, but on July 13 fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa released his long-awaited new album “Rolling Papers 2,” his first solo studio album since “Blacc Hollywood” in 2014. Was Wiz able to knock Drake off his perch?
Not quite. Drake maintained his lead for the third straight week with “Scorpion” earning another 260,000 equivalent album units, which are calculated by combining traditional album sales, individual track sales and online streaming performance. Only 26,000 of “Scorpion’s” units this week came from traditional sales, so it continues to be streaming that has fueled its powerhouse run.
This week the songs off of “Scorpion” achieved 290.4 million listens, which is the seventh biggest total ever recorded. That means “Scorpion” has now achieved three of the top seven streaming weeks of all time. And including his previous albums Drake accounts for 6 of the top 10 streaming weeks ever.
Wiz Khalifa couldn’t come close to that. Even though “Rolling Papers 2” is a massive 25 tracks long, just like “Scorpion,” it couldn’t achieve the same level of streaming dominance. “Rolling Papers” debuts at number-two this week with 80,000 album units. This was actually Wiz’s third time debuting at number-two: he previously entered in the runner-up position with “Rolling Papers” (2011) and “O.N.I.F.C.” (2012). His only previous album to reach the top spot was “Blacc Hollywood” four years ago.
But despite never claiming the lead position, the original “Rolling Papers” ended up with double-platinum sales, while “O.N.I.F.C.” was certified platinum and “Blacc Hollywood” went gold. So time will tell if his “Rolling Papers” sequel will have the staying power to match those achievements.
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