There’s been a lot of back-and-forth surrounding Drake’s massive first week sales projections for his new album ‘Views.’
Early estimates projected Drake to move around 800K-900K album units — including streams — but now Drake’s projected to move over 1 MILLION units his first week.
According to Forbes, in the first 24 hours of Apple Music-exclusive availability Drake sold a whopping 575,000. It’s not exactly the 630,000 records Drake spoke of — but maybe he was counting international sales also.
Keep in mind, this has absolutely nothing to do with the new RIAA rules which allow streams of songs on an album to contribute to Gold or Platinum certification.
In its first two days on sale, the album has reportedly shifted just under 750,000 units, combining sales and streams. That figure was shared via email by BuzzAngle Music, a company that tracks sales and streaming figures for the music industry. In just the first twenty-four hours it was available, Views actually sold an incredible 575,000 copies. To put that accomplishment into perspective, that is larger than the entire first-week sales of Beyoncé‘s Lemonade, which has just recently been named the number one album in the country. Taking into account the streams and singles that factor into BuzzAngles’s methodology, that total one day figure grows to over 580,000.
Hits Daily Double is backing up Forbes’ claim, adding that Drake just beat Justin Bieber’s previous streaming record by about 35 million streams.
The album looks set to bow with around 850k-900k album sales and as much as 1.2m SPS, and has already amassed more than 150m streams U.S., 175m worldwide. Bey previously shattered Justin Bieber’s record by earning 115m first-week domestic streams. Drake’s worldwide total streams (with all services) could be as high as 300m first week.
Drake’s daily sales through Sunday appear in the breakdown below.
Day 1 (4/28): 375k
Day 2 (4/29): 100k
Day 3 (4/30) 55k
TOTAL through Sunday: 730k
730k records in one weekend? Work, Drake!