Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week for an Album

Drake is now one of just eight artists with at least 10 No. 1 albums in the 65-year history of the Billboard 200 chart. The Beatles have the most No. 1s, with 19. They are followed by Jay-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand (11 each), Drake, Eminem, Elvis Presley, and Kanye West (10 each).

Drake first topped the Billboard 200 dated July 3, 2010, with Thank Me Later. Certified Lover Boy logs the largest week for any album since Swift’s Folklore went for No. 1 on the Aug. 8, 2020-dated chart with 846,000 systems. Certified Lover Boy also easily ratings 2021’s greatest week, blowing past the previous high, logged simply a week previously (Sept. 11 chart), when West’s Donda bowed at No. 1 with 309,000 systems.

It is unusual for an album to post as big a week as Certified Lover Boy. Rare, that in the last 5 years, only albums by Drake and Swift have actually been as huge or bigger in a single week. Swift’s Reputation debuted with 1.24 million units on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart, followed by Drake’s Scorpion (732,000; July 14, 2018) and Swift’s Lover (867,000; Sept. 7, 2019) and Folklore (846,000; Aug. 8, 2020).

Therefore, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy snares the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop album, a rap album, an album by a male artist, and any album by somebody not named Taylor Swift since Drake’s own Scorpion in 2018.

At No. 4 on the Billboard 200, Olivia Rodrigo’s former chart-topper Sour falls one spot with 61,000 equivalent album units earned (down 18%). Doja Cat’s Planet Her dips 4-5 (49,000 systems; down 7%). Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album is a non-mover at No. 6 (40,000; down less than 1%).

Billie Eilish’s previous leader Happier Than Ever is also stable at No. 7 (simply over 39,000; down 1%). And The Kid LAROI’s chart-topping F***ck Love falls 5-8 (39,000; down 10%). Think of Dragons declare their fifth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as the rock bands latest studio set, Mercury Act 1, debuts at No. 9.

The effort introduces with 31,000 equivalent album systems earned. Of that amount, album sales consist of 17,000, SEA systems make up 13,000 (equating to 17.04 million on-demand streams of the sets tracks) and TEA units make up 1,000. Rod Wave’s previous No. 1 SoulFly liquidates the brand-new top 10, dipping 8-10 with 30,000 comparable album systems made (down 21%).

Iron Maiden earns its greatest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as its newest studio effort, Senjutsu, debuts at No. 3.

The veteran hard rock band previously peaked at No. 4 with its last 2 studio releases, The Book of Souls (2015) and The Final Frontier (2010). In total, Senjutsu is Iron Maiden’s 15th top 40-charting album (dating to its first, The Number of the Beast, in 1982), of which four have actually hit the leading 10. Of Senjutsu‘s 64,000 comparable album units earned, album sales make up 61,000 (making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA systems make up 3,000 (equating to 3.57 million on-demand streams of the sets 10 tracks) and TEA units comprise a minimal sum.

Senjutsu logs the second-largest week of 2021 for a difficult rock album in both equivalent album units made and in standard album sales. It trails just Foo Fighter’s Medicine at Midnight, which debuted on the Feb. 20 chart with 70,000 systems (of which 64,000 were in album sales). Hard rock albums are specified as those that have charted on Billboards Hard Rock Albums chart.

Certified Lover Boy‘s start of 562,000 SEA systems equals a whopping 743.67 million on-demand streams of the albums 21 tracks. Only one album has ever scored a bigger streaming week by on-demand audio streams, Drake’s Scorpion, with 745.92 million for its 25 tracks throughout its launching week. Certified Lover Boy was not preceded by any pre-release singles.

At No. 2 on the brand-new Billboard 200, West’s Donda falls to No. 2 in its second week with 141,000 comparable album systems earned (down 54%).

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