Drake does what was expected of him with his latest release “Nothing Was The Same” and Jay-Z reaches yet another milstone.
Drizzy's third major album Nothing Was The Same, was the overall winner on the charts this week. It scaled the Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, moving a whopping 658,637 units, which is close to the projected figures.
So far this year, Nothing Was The Same is second highest selling album in it's first week only taking second place to Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience which sold 968,000 units during its first week in retailers in March.
Drake could however end up in third slot as early as next week, being that Justin's followup The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 was released on the 30th of September and is expected to do similar numbers as it's predecessor.
Drake's Nothing Was The Same Sells 650,000 Copies
The Nothing Was The Same project is the only top 10 selling Rap/R&B album this week, the album which had features from Jay-Z, Sampha, Majid Jordan and Jhene Aiko is Drake's third number one album.
Prior to the of Nothing Was The Same, Drake spoke on not being worried about the numbers:
Best advice I ever got is: ‘No expectations lead to no disappointments,' so I have no expectations…Really, just more than September 24, I'm just excited whenever people get the music. The numbers, the sales, all that stuff, it's cool. I'm sure I'll get into it on the day like, ‘How much did we sell,' trying to figure it out, but aside from that, I'm just excited for people to hear the full body of work.
Jay Z's Magna Carta…Holy Grail Hits Double Platinum?
Jay-Z reaches a new milestone with “Magna Carta…Holy Grail,” by now selling 2 million copies; although according to soundscan Magna Carta…Holy Grail only just now reached platinum status. Since they didn't count the first million sold to Samsung through the #NewRules deal prior to the album's physical release.
Nonetheless the album has sold a million more copies, After 12 weeks, Jay Z landed at #27 on the charts, moving approximately 14,000 units this week.
Hip Hop & R&B Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/30/2013
#1. Drake – Nothing Was The Same – 659,000 (659,000)
#15. 2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime – 17,000 (115,000)
#19. MMG – MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 3 – 16,000 (66,000)
#21. The Weeknd – Kiss Land – 15,000 (137,000)
#26. Tamar Braxton – Love & War – 14,000 (183,000)
#27. Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail – 14,000 (1,004,000)
#47. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady – 9,000 (72,000)
#49. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 9,000 (1,089,000)
#62. Juicy J – Stay Trippy – 7,000 (114,000)
#67. Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs – 6,000 (25,000)
#66. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city – 6,000 (1,046,000)