Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

'Scorpion' becomes Drake's eighth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard's chart

'Scorpion' becomes Drake's eighth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard's chart

Drake's Scorpion now holds the number one spot on the NZ Official Top 40 Albums chart, while XXXTentacion's Question Mark sits in third, separated only by Florence + The Machine's new album High As Hope, which is in the number two position.

Drake and XXXTentacion's popularity is being mirrored in the United States, where the Billboard Hot 100 features seven Drake songs and nine of XXXTentacion's.

"Scorpion" debuted on the chart the same week Billboard changed how it counts streaming plays.

"Yesterday" a longstanding record from The Beatles felt the sting of a "Scorpion".

Drake now has a career total of 31 to Jackson's 30 with the late King of Pop's 30th being his appearance on Drake's new single, "Don't Matter to Me".

Drake's record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016, was the first artist to reach one billion plus streams globally across all platforms in one week of release.

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Drake's new album Scorpion is comfortably topping the NZ Album Chart.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

The rapper broke his own record of most singles charting in the Hot 100 with 27 - including all 25 tracks from "Scorpion".

Drake's former No. 1 hit, "Nice for What", returned to the top position, while "Nonstop" debuts at No. 2. Consider the fact that Drake's previous record for number of songs in the Hot 100 at once was 24, and this album has 25, just enough to break it.

According to executives, Drake could easily command a per-album advance of $15 million to $20 million if he signs to a major.

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