Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Drake is back on top. The Toronto MC not only has the No. 1 album in the country, he also has the second-largest sales week of the year with Nothing Was the Same.

The third album from the 26-year-old debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 658,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Making this his best album debut in his career.

The only album to sell more copies in a week this year was Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which opened with 968,000 in March.

Nothing Was the Same also marks Drake’s best week ever. His sophomore album, 2011’s Take Care, launched at No. 1 with 631,000, while his 2010 debut Thank Me Later posted first-week sales of 447,000.

Led by the top 10 singles “Started From the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” NWTS also earns the biggest week for any hip-hop album since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV bowed at No. 1 with 964,000 in September 2011.

Justin Timberlake is expected to knock Drake from the No. 1 spot next week with The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. Early estimates have the album selling 325,000 copies in its opening week.

See the top 10 on Billboard this Week below.

1. Drake – Nothing Was The Same 658k
2. Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull 110k
3. Cher – Closer To The Truth 63k
4. Elton John – The Diving Board 47k
5. Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You 37k
6. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party 36k
7. Dream Theater – Dream Theater 34k
8. Krewella – Get Wet 27k
9. Metallica – Metallica: Through The Never 26k
10. Justin Moore – Off The Beaten Path 25k

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