Having released on 24 September, figures are in and, well it’s not the milli he anticipated but it’s damn near good enough. With the second-highest first week album sales figures of the year after Justin Timberlake sold 968,000 in week one, Drake’s figure officially stands at 659,000 units. His album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and the Canadian Young Money artist will be pleased with this result no doubt, as his sophomore Thank Me Later sold 447,000 whilst his 2011 Grammy-award winning album Take Care sold 631,000 both in their first week of sales.
This week also marked a huge milestone for Jigga who went double platinum with Magna Carter Holy Grail. Considering the digital era, it seems that a milli is still a very realistic target for the biggest acts in the world. Sadly though for the likes of some it just means there’s much more work to be done. 2Chainz sits on 115,000 copies only, while Juicy J is on 114,000 units. Cats definitely smiling all the way to the bank are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis whose album The Heist has sold 1,089,000 copies. Kendrick Lamar is sitting close under with 1,046,000 copies of good kid, m.A.A.d city in the bag.
Speaking of KDot, it’s reported that he recently dissed Drizzy during the BET Hip Hop Awards cipher appearance over the past weekend. The Compton rapper spat the lines: “Nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’ / And tucked the sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes”.
This came after Drake went on record to say that Kendrick’s verse on ‘Control’ is a has-been. “I’m probably like as done as the rest of the world is with that record… I think it came and it went. And not to discredit it. It was a good moment, but at the end of the day it’s just like—it was one of those sort of like fleeting Twitter frenzies that like—it was cool for what it was. My thing is I like lasting power. I feel like he made a decision, you know what I’m saying? And it was a decision to make. He was like ‘Man, I’m either gonna go for this moment because I know it’s gonna be a big moment or I’m gonna take heed to the fact that I have real relationships and I’m gonna like not do that.’ Cause I’ll be real, I thought of doing that before. I thought ‘Man, it’d be crazy if I just went off on everybody.’ But it’s just kinda like, ‘Ah, where does it really get me? Then what? Then every time I rap people are gonna expect me to be confrontational and when I’m not then it’s not entertaining?’ It’s like it kinda puts you in a box a bit. I don’t know if I necessarily respect it.”
Whatever your thoughts are, Drizzy remains in a league of his own… Get the Oct/Nov issue of HYPE for more on the Kendrick Lamar verse on ‘Control’!