Drake's albums and projects are some of the most popular in music and since the streaming age has increased, he's defied all genres with his equivalent units pertaining to streaming data. In 2016, Drake released Views which bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with 1.04 million units overall and set a record for streaming. Now with the latest release More Life, Drake is breaking his own record with even higher units with his seventh No. 1 on the chart.
More Life arrives on the March 28 chart update with 505,000 equivalent units which is on par with last week's predictions. Of that number, an astounding 257,000 units were from streaming alone equating to 384.8 million streams. For every 1,500 song streams from an album, it counts as one unit toward the final number in which tracking ends on Thursdays.
Shy of half that total number derived from pure album sales having sold 226,000 copies in its debut frame. As a result, the album also charts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales, a chart created in 2014 to reflect the new formula of the Top 200. The remaining units were from track downloads, 23,000. Every ten downloads from an album equates as one digital unit.
Views opened with 163,000 units, or 245.1 million streams. That set spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at the top and was primarily fueled by those streaming units, a feat that is much more seen in hip-hop music than any other genre. He now ties for second place with Kanye West and Eminem for the most hip-hop No. 1 titles throughout their careers. Only Jay Z has more with 13 overall.
More Life is now the biggest opener of the 2017 music year but is the second best-selling opener behind Ed Sheeran's Divide which debuted with 322,000 copies sold and received 451,000 units in its first frame.