On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Rides Best Streaming Week Ever to Number One
Rapper’s latest enjoys best-selling week of 2018 with 732,000 total copies and 746 million streams
ScorpionÂ sold over 732,000 total copies in its debut week, with the vast majority of that sum drawn from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs):Â According toÂ Billboard,Â ScorpionÂ tracks generated 746 million on-demand streams in its first week stateside ”“Â and 1 billion worldwideÂ ”“ resulting in 551,000 SEAs.Â ScorpionÂ added another 160,000 traditional copies to post the best sales week since Taylor Swift’sÂ ReputationÂ went instant-platinum in November 2017.
With his eighth straight Number One album, Drake matches the record currently shared by the Beatles, Eminem and Kanye West, whose own streak continued (withÂ Ye) and ended (withÂ Kids See Ghosts) in June.
Three more new releases entered the Top 10 this week behind Drake: Florence and the Machine’sÂ High as HopeÂ hit Number Two with 84,000 total copies, while Gorillaz’Â The Now NowÂ dropped in at Number Four and 63,000 total copies.
Also back in the Top 10 after a long absence was Guns N’ Roses’Â Appetite for Destruction, which returned at Number 10 thanks to 33,000 copies sold of the album’s deluxe reissues.Â Appetite for DestructionÂ last graced the Top 10 in August 1989,Â BillboardÂ reports.
Post Malone’sÂ Beerbongs and BentleysÂ once again led the returnees at Number Three, ahead of XXXTentacion’sÂ ?Â at Number Five, Cardi B’sÂ Invasion of PrivacyÂ at Number Six, Juice WRLD’sÂ Goodbye & Good RiddanceÂ at Number Seven and the Carters’Â Everything Is LoveÂ at Number Eight. Last week’s Number One, Panic! At the Disco’sÂ Pray for the Wicked, closed out the Top 10 at Number Nine.
While new releases from Future and Meek Mill arrived on Friday, expectÂ Scorpion”˜s reign to continue for the foreseeable future.