Drake Moves 447,000 CDs in First Week

The official numbers are in and as expected Mr. Aubrey “Drake” Graham, has scored the top seat on The Billboard 200.

Drizzy’s long-awaited, highly anticipated debut LP, Thank Me Later, had many fans and critics speculating that he might be able to sell one million records in his first week. The industry insiders at hitsdailydouble.com projected the Toronto talent to do about half, but now the legitimate numbers have been tabulated. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, the Young Money artist has sold 447,700 units, the biggest introductory week numbers for a hip-hop artist of the year, so far.

Not surprisingly, another hip-hop act doesn’t show on the charts until No. 17. B.o.B.’s The Adventures of Bobby Ray takes that spot, after fans picked up an additional 19,800 copies of the album. Overall the ATLien has sold about 249,000 discs in 2 months.

Next up at No. 18 is Plies. The Fort Meyers, Florida rapper—who debuted at No. 5 last week—dropped 65 percent in sales this go-round. In week two his third album, Goon Affiliated, sold 19,800, bringing his total to 76,500.

One spot down at No. 19 is the unstoppable Black Eyed Peas with their latest disc, The E.N.D. The group usurped another 19,100 units to make their impressive 54-week tally now equal 2,609,000.

Nas and Damian Marley slipped seven spots this sales cycle to No. 38. The duo’s Distant Relatives project sold 11,400 units in the last week, making their complete stats stand at 124,600. And rounding out the top 40, at No. 40, is Ludacris. Battle of the Sexes inched a little bit closer to gold status as it’s total sales figures now equal 462,200, after 10,500 more copies flew out the stores last week.

Next week look for Eminem battle Drake for the top spot. —Elan Mancini

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Impressive, but not close to a million. I guess it was far fetched…

    Recovery will destroy TML next week.

    • jburg

      As it should. I was one of the almost half a mil that bought that album. (TML) Its overhyped!! I was highly disappointed.

      • SupaDupa_Interlude

        TML was trash and we all know that. Too much hype and not enough talent. That nigga better pray Wayne get’s out sooner than later cus everyday Weezy is locked up Drake looses that much more relevance.

        Glad to see B.o.B doing decent numbers. Hope dude goes Gold cus dude got talent and that album and May 25th mixtape were solid.

        Distant Relatives is a classic and more ppl shoulda copped that joint…I know you niggas downloaded that shit smh.

    • http://xxlmag.com Camron’s ghostwriter

      Uh duhh. When has Em’s stans ever let him down?

  • that nigga

    Distant Relatives>>>>>>>>>Thank Me Later!!

    • Worley

      For real.

    • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

      ^^^^this, ish STILL on repeat along with the new Reflection Eternal album.

      I’d get BoB’s album over Drake’s IMO

      By the way, anyone know if The Roots’ new album is any good?

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        I really really like The Roots album. There are a lot of guest spots but the album flows pretty seamlessly and Black Thought brings it as usual. It’s one of their best recent offerings…

  • KSA1001

    “battle”? Drake will be in his second week. It’ll be Eminem without a doubt. Here’s hoping that The Roots chart also, b/c How I Got Over is an amazing album.

  • Fung

    Fuck the Southern nigga. New York niggaz move more than that bullshit. Jay moved 700k in his first week and he been damn well in the game for 16 years. This Southern drake nigga moves 400k on his debut album thats wack. Sheeeet.

    • http://xxlmag JayRuckNYC

      dumb nigga Drake is from Toronto not down south.

    • http://xxlmag JayRuckNYC

      Dumb nigga Drake is from Toronto not down south

    • Anonymous

      umm Jay did not Sale 700,000 in his first week on his last album, stop the madness please, and Drake is def not from the SOuth. Damn can we just congradulate the dude on selling something, damn people are not buying new artist records like that so 400,000 is great these days. *crabs in the bucket syndrome having a** ni**as

    • http://mozilla LI PUPU

      MANE U REALLY TALKN OUT UR ASS. AINT NOBODY FROM NEW YORK MOVING SHIT BUT JIGGA. OUTTA ALL THE RAPPERS UP THERE IF NAME ME ONE I’LL EAT DIRT

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        Dollar bet that’s capostatus y’all…

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  • stuckfresh

    I think most people knew he wouldnt sell a milli! But those are great numbers in 2010! he will def sell more!

  • Sha

    This is a serious setback for Drake’s record label. With a artist having as much buzz as he did, they totally fucked up the marketing and waited too long to capitalize off of his buzz. Drizzy can hold his head up. He’s still number one for first week numbers of any artist this year. But if I were him I would look to sever all ties with the major label that handled his release. They are desperately incompetent. Real talk.

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  • Sha

    This is a serious setback for Drake’s record label. With a artist having as much buzz as he did, they totally fucked up the marketing and waited too long to capitalize off of his buzz. Drizzy can hold his head up. He’s still number one for first week numbers of any artist this year. But if I were him I would look to sever all ties with the major label that handled his release. They are desperately incompetent. Real talk..

    • KLETEWOOD

      Almost going Gold in the first week is a “serious set back”..Man..the cd leaked a few weeks ago. Almost going Gold is great for a first time release. It was more then Em’s deput (285,000). But, Em went and sold 4 million off his deput album. I doubt Drake will sell another 3.5 million.

      If he’s a serious talent…the Buzz should go on for years. Your saying the record company waited too long (basically your saying Drake is a one hit wonder). Real Talk.

  • Sha

    This is a serious setback for Drake’s record label. With a artist having as much buzz as he did, they totally fucked up the marketing and waited too long to capitalize off of his buzz. Drizzy can hold his head up. He’s still number one for first week numbers of any artist this year. But if I were him I would look to sever all ties with the major label that handled his release. They are desperately incompetent. Real talk…

  • Will-I-aint

    Even red album will sell more . . .

    • http://www.sylermusic.com Syler

      Negative.

  • The Decatur Dictator

    Count your own money….

  • http://xxlmag.com LOL @ XXL being hip hop on a higher level

    Ol focusing on record sells and not the music azz niggas

  • hotel frost

    Drake is from Toronto but he is a southern market artist. Universal paired him with Cash Money because the southern market sells more (legit) then the northeastern market, and is more important commercially. The whole who is Drake going to sign with was fake. He was with Universal from the beginning.

    If they don’t buy their own he’ll sell 1.4 million. He has a young audience so the bulk of his sales will be in the first four weeks then it should drop off sharply. The younger your audience the quicker your sales. Somebody like Eminen who has a fan base in their 30′s will sell more evenly over a six month period. Bills first for adults.

  • flavorblade

    Drake is from Toronto but he is a southern market artist. Universal paired him with Cash Money because they wanted that market. Drake didn’t rise from Toronto. He rose from the south. He wouldn’t have made it if they say put him with Roc Nation. No-way he could rise out of New York; with his style, battling on a text phone. He would have had to be introduced as an R&B artist. Drake was signed to Universal when he dropped his mixtape. You’ve been bamboozled.

    He should sell about 1.6 million. Since his primary audience is under 21 the bulk of his sales will come in the first four weeks. After that it should drop of sharply. A M.C like Eminen whose core audience is in their late twenties and thirties, might do about the same or less first week but his sales over six months should be more consistent. Adults pay bills first, buy music later.

    The way Universal babies this kid Drake I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t audit some sales around the third month push him up to double plat or triple plat if he gets over double by himself. Whatever the fact he’s not on a 5 mil pace; which was the brightest prospects. They spent a lot of money on dude.

  • A

    You people are so brainwashed by the machine it’s disquisting. This dude is trash!!!!!!

  • jonny bizness

    as bun b said someone at universal dropped the ball big time!!!!! they should have delayed the album until they found the killer single and the leaks that came out proper fucked his shit up it was sloppy i heard half the album a month b4 it got released that doesn’t really happen with a big release .The over saturation didn’t help either whether it be birdmans money 2 blow or jay z off that.drake should have dropped the album then jumped on everyone’s shit not the other way round

  • x press

    why do my comments never appear but xxl will allow all the spam on the comments section. weak

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    first, those are great numbers in this climate and especially for a rookie. anybody who thinks otherwise shares the brain cell of a tick. dude darn near went Gold in a week. In our golden era people were happy with GOLD albums. tsk tsk we are so spoiled

    Second, those numbers are needed for our beloved hip hop to survive. its a major drought and due to the internet sales and music is be sold underground like booze back in the day. trust its gonna get shut down. a lot of our rights will be changed over the next five years.

    third, it is a good album. i didn’t buy it BUT i did download it and promoted it. its not a complete hip hop alubm. its not like lauren hills and andre 3 stacks either. nevertheless, its good music and perfect for the summer. You can tell he planned it for the summer. You should appreciate the boys grind and effort and understand he’s still young.

    Lastly, fans are killing hip hop not the artist. we the people can demand the type of music we want to listen to BUT we rather complain while the larger group decides who to like. And, trust drake like em has a following. As for drake being from the south, this is the problem we have dummies who don’t read and just speak out. what’s missing from this album is soul. drake has very little experience. I compare him to em who also matches words together but lacks the passion. its like sweaty ins and outs vs love making.

    • oskamadison

      ff1one, everything you said was on point. I remember when Mobb Deep’s The Infamous went gold back in the day. It’s always good to see a bangin’ album do the numbers that it deserves to do. I haven’t heard TML yet but if it’s anything like So Far Gone, somewhere down the line I’ll cop it, after I cop more important joints (Reflection Eternal, Roc Marciano, Cuban Linx II, I know I’m late as hell).

      “Lastly, fans are killing Hip-Hop not the artist.” There’s alot of blame to go around for that one but ultimately, the fans must wear that one.

    • sb

      @oskamadison- pretty good points and an even great analogy.. lol

    • sb

      @oskamadison do you think hip hop music will get shut down or music entirely will get shut down…The internet sales have increased by triple digits in the past year..I think the music industry has leveled off..You are right that people especially hip hop artists would be happy for gold in the early 90′s.. In the late 90′s to early 00′s gold was frowned upon, even a mediocre rapper was going gold…But i believe if you put out exceptional music where it can touch everyone, you will reap the benefits..

      Quincy Jones told Michael Jackson once that he couldn’t outsell “off the wall” because artists weren’t selling like that at that time..Thus Thriller was created..At the end of the day atists need to strive to make great musuc and not music for the moment…

      • oskamadison

        sb,
        PURE (I don’t like saying real, it’s a cliche, now) Hip-Hop will never really die. It’ll just go back underground. Truthfully, there’s still dope Hip-Hop still being made (somewhere…), you just have to dig for it adn digging as much a part of Hip-Hop than anything else. Something I find interesting is how much even the casual fan knows about sales and certifications and stuff. Some even base how dope they think an artist is off that. Back then, I knew who was selling what but only because I was into that when not too many were.
        As far as MJ (RIP), he spent the rest of his career chasing Thriller, not acknowledging it as the “lightning in a bottle” that it was. Still, dude made timeless music.

        • Anonymous

          @oskamadison mj did make timeless music and did extraordinary numbers even after thriller..but you are right that thirller album came out at the right time.. but even when he sold 7 mil of off the wall that was unheard of then…I think stevie wonder did 4 mil with “songs in the key of life”…But i think honestly believe if you made incerdible music that trandscends race,age and time one will benefit…. In the early 2000′s people were doing these huge numbers who had mediocre material with huge hype. I belive the new consumer is a bit more savy, a maybe a bit more critical..So artists need to step it up.. And you shouldn’t make music just for a region or a certain demographic..

  • dj nice wit it

    im just gonna sum it all down with this…..

    he was played out before his album even drop..( due to his success of course but) wtf did the lable or anyone else expect.

  • j

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

  • Ok

    Those are good numbers!!!! Congrats to Drake. . . However I wish hip hop artist would go independent so they can put out what they want to and not have to bow down to these labels and put out sum bullshyt. . . i dnt kno much about the music business but this genre needs to take control of its own because slowly our music is bein taken away from us . . . smh. . . .

  • RWord

    This is good for hiphop period. Why is people hating. for a debut, it good number.

    The reality is, Em will not get close to Drake. He will do like 350K, but even that is good for hiphop.

    People stop hating!

    • jburg

      Em won’t get close? Get real.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Congrats to the youngin’.

    But the REAL convo starts NEXT WEEK, whem Em’s #’s come out.

    • jburg

      Congrats to him, yes but to be real his album was sub-par at best. His never changes his flow or voice so all his songs sound the same just a different beat. B.O.B. had a much better debut.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        Truth the album didn’t match the hype.

        You can see by Drake’s face all over this site today that the new objective is to try and push TML to plat status ASAP. Next week’s numbers will tell all.

  • Clever

    Nice Numbers, Album is ok.

  • T

    @ RWORD…………….ARE U A FOOL OR JUS PLAIN IGNORAN & A HATER?? tHE REAL REALITY IS THAT EM WILL NEVER DO SALES THAT LOW, EVEN WITH ENCORE HE DID A MILLI TECHNICALLY, HE SOLD 750,000 IN 4 DAYS SO ACTUALLY IF U COUNT THE NXT 3 DAYS SALES IT WOULD’VE BEEN A MILLI & THAT WOULD’VE MARKED A MILLI 3-PEAT-IN-A-ROW ACTUALLY! DO SOME RESEARCH 7 CHECK THE FACTS B4 U TLK OUT YO ASS MORON, EM WILL SELL ATLEAST 500,000 7 THATS BEING PESSIMISTIC; JUST WATCH & SEE………..

  • http://joah.typepad.com Joah

    So many ignorant people on here talking shit about a guy selling 440k in the first week when only three maybe for other rappers could ever touch that today.

  • Gemz

    I don’t listen to Drake’s music, but I like his movement. He is opening the door for hip-hop artist who have something to say.

  • the #1 hater

    the only door drake is opening up is the door that let’s in all of the faggot’s with pink shirts and purple hoodies. soon all of the drake copycat’s will be polluting the airwaves with all that faggot shit. god help hip-hop!

  • http://xxlmag.com yogi22

    Best Number This Year And Good Album..Stop The Hate

  • escobar9300

    “So if a rapper ain’t shit, fuck the records you sold.

    Cause if you move half a million, it’s got nothing to do with luck.

    It just means that a 447,000 people are stupid as fuck.”

  • Q461

    kinda upsetting how few copies Distant Relatives sold. Revolutionary album.

    • oskamadison

      cosign 200%. It ain’t selling beacuse of 2 things: 1. Def Jam’s notoriously lousy promotion (or lack thereof) and 2. It’s adult Hip-Hop talkin’ about real things.

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Eh, I’ll check out Drake’s album on Zune. Thank God for Zune Pass!

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  • Dub

    BoB>Drake

    Grand Hustle>Young Money

    That is all…

  • not a drake fan…not a hater either

    sold a mil first week in canada tho so he aint trippin

    • Maxwell Harden

      Platinum in Canada is 80,000 bro.

  • Sidewalks Of NY

    I’m convinced that 90% of Em’s fans are suburban white boys. Niggas in the hood, especially here in NYC, is not feeling EM like that because we can’t relate to the shit he raps about like hating his mom, OD’ing on drugs, making fun of pop stars and killing his babymother (ok maybe we can relate to killing babymother). This nigga sound angry and suicidal on damn near every song. His music was funny when he first started but know its annoying.

    I’m sure Em fans will do what they do best and wait for someone like me to disagree with them so they can attack me like they on his payroll. Go find a hobby thats worthwile.

    • sb

      @ sidewalks the last time i saw em in concert wa sthe up in smoke tour with dre ,snoop and nwa at the nassau colesium and the majority of the people there was white..65-70% easily, so you are right about his fan base…

    • Anonymous

      SIDEWALKS
      How bout you go find a dick to suck,I got news for ya Em is felt in New York, and dont go actin like you speak for everyone in New York cus if that was the case then the population of New York would be brain dead.We dont disagree with you we just all agree that your a fuckin retard.

  • Vegeta

    That is some real talk..I honestly can’t sit down to an Em’s album..

    people go on about how crazy he is lyricaly but apart from some dope multi-syllable rhyme schemes there is no substance behind Em’s lyrics..He rarely says something that is clever and relevant(to society) at the same time..

  • http://MYSPACE.COM HELTAH SIN SAY

    BLACK FOLKS COMMING TO EMS DEFENCE LIKE A MUFUCKA! THIS DUDE DRAKE IS FUCKEN NEW, LETS SEE HIM DO SHADY NUMBERS FOR HIS NEXT 4 CDS YOU DUMB BITCHES! I WISH I COULD PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE YOU STUPID FAGS! “EM WONT DO DRAKE NUMBERS” SHUT THE FUCK UP EMS BEEN DOING SICK NUMBERS FOR YEARS SO FUCK YALLLLLL

  • sb

    yeah slim shady has a solid fan base even though he may not do the huge numbers as before homes is probably good for 1.5 to 2 mil in total sales..

  • avenger xl

    Thank you mtv pets/106 park brats and tween girls weined on nick/disney pop standards for giving this over hyped new jack some sales. I would also like to thank young money for buying about 200,000 copies to get the retail order takers to think this cd would be worth a 6 month period.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dr@$t-iQ Alkoholik

    and y’all ignorant fux shud read more platinum in Canada aint a milli, it’s fuckin 100k, so if Ross was Canadian he would be multi-plat for that bull shit he put out last year, LOL

  • MTV

    Everyday a star is born. Sorry but we can’t clap for him, wheel chair Jimmy didn’t even but out 800,000.

  • *****Trill*****

    Fact is the album is great. You could play it around your whole family or after u blaze ur spliff myout. 447000 in this economy is good son. Im a trill nigga and this shit is cool.

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