The numbers are officially in and Drake’s album, “Nothing Was The Same,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
“Nothing Was The Same” sold 658,000 copies in its first week, ending Sunday Sept. 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although the sales came in on the low end of the estimates (last week industry sources predicted that the album would sell between 660,000 and 670,000 copies), the numbers give Drake the second-largest album debut of the year. Justin Timberlake currently holds the record with his album “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold 968,000 copies during its first week in March according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Nothing Was The Same” also broke records in the rap genre, having the biggest sales week for a rap album since 2011 when Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” debuted at No. 1 with 964,000. Kanye West, who released Yeezus earlier this summer, sold 326,642 albums his first week, while Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail sold 528,208.
Drake’s third No. 1 album leaked online almost a week before its release but still managed to not only set a record but also became his highest debut to date.