Every Rap And R&B Album That Sold 1 Million Units In A Week
Drake's VIEWS became the most recent album to achieve the rare feat of selling 1 million copies in one week, an accomplishment it shares with only 20 other albums (recorded by Neilsen Soundscan), and even fewer hip-hop releases. Today, we've decided to look back at the small selection of rap and R&B that has reached this milestone.
Drake & French Montana Were In The Studio Together Last Night
Although VIEWS is less than two weeks behind him, it seems like Drake is already back to work. Last night the Toronto representative was spotted in the studio with French Montana and a few friends, and even shared a story for French's 'Gram.
Drake Is Appearing On "Ellen" Next Week
Now that VIEWS is out (and selling a milly in one week), Drake is lining up the TV appearances. After locking in Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest (coming up on May 14th), as well as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (May 12), Drake's next stop will be some daytime television.
15 Things We Learned From Drake & 40's Nardwuar Interview
It's hard not to learn something from an interview. Often times, the subject of the conversation ends up coming away with a some new fun facts thanks to the Vancouver eccentric's vast music knowledge and unmatched research skills. Usually, this is all contained within about 10 to 20 minutes of back-and-forth, but in Drake and 40's new interview with the Human Serviette, he gets a full hour to blow their minds.
Drake Has "Hot 100" OVO x Air Jordan 6s
Drake doesn’t make marketing mistakes often, so when he posted and then deleted images of a new pair of OVO x Air Jordan sneakers we’re inclined to think its all part of the plan. After all, Views was able to move an impressive number of units despite a lukewarm reception by critics.
Drake Has 20 Songs On The Billboard Hot 100 This Week
VIEWS has been doing massive numbers. Yesterday, it was reported that the album made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling an equivalent of 1.04 million albums. That success extends to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well, which was revealed today.
Drake Earns First No. 1 On Hot 100 With "One Dance"
We were unsure how long Desiigner would keep the #1 Billboard Hot 100 spot on lock with "Panda," as Drake edged closer and closer to the spot each week. After landing at #2 last week, Drake has finally made it. Meanwhile, Desiigner slips from #1 to #2, after two weeks of reigning supreme.
Skepta Confirms Drake Is Actually Signed To BBK
Back in February, we reported on the somewhat confounding news that Drake had signed to Skepta's BBK (Boy Better Know) imprint. The news was announced by Drake himself, via an Instagram post, where he referred to himself as the first Canadian to sign to BBK. The details surrounding his deal were unclear, and how/if it would effect his current situation with Young Money. Some speculated that he didn't actually sign to BBK.
Drake's "VIEWS" Debuts At No. 1 With Over 1 Million US Sales
In news that should surprise no one, Drake's latest album, VIEWS, has made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Drake's "One Dance" Will Be The First "VIEWS" Music Video
Aside from the bonus track "Hotline Bling," "One Dance" will be the first VIEWS track to get a music video. Drake shared the news tonight in an Instagram post in response to the Raptors beating the Heat tonight on the road to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. He wasn't able to attend the game in Miami because he's currently busy shooting the "One Dance" video. "On set for 'One Dance' and it's killing me that I am missing these games!!!" wrote Drake, before congratulating his team on the big win.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7)
The Met Gala took place on Monday, and there seemed to be more rap and R&B artists in attendance than ever, even despite Rihanna's notable absence. Of course, both Future and Ciara were in attendance (but seemingly were able to avoid one another), while Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kanye West all came through with memorable looks (Ye decided to go all out with the contacts).
Drake To Guest On The Tonight Show Next Week
Jimmy Fallon has proven to be a reliable plug when it comes to hip-hop. Last night, Chance the Rapper went on The Tonight Show to debut a new song, "Blessings," and announce the release date of his long-awaited Chance 3 mixtape.
Drake Confirms That "VIEWS" Has Gone Platinum
Yesterday, Republic Records, the company primarily responsible for the distribution of Drake's new album, reported that VIEWS had sold the equivalent of 1.2 million copies in its first six days of availability. Those numbers suggest that the album is already platinum, though official certification hasn't yet been provided by the RIAA.
J. Cole, Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Highest Earning Musicians Of 2015
Billboard has released their annual list of Top Money Makers in the music industry, and while it's largely dominated by pop stars and legacy rock bands, a few rap and R&B artists also made the cut. The list is determined by the money made from sales, streaming, publishing, and touring, so anything made outside of those categories does not qualify, which is why artists like Dr. Dre and Diddy, who are known primarily for their business ventures these days, were not included.
More Drake & Rihanna Dating Rumors Begin To Circulate
After continuing their storied run of collabs with two brilliant tracks this year -- "Work," which spent eight weeks at No. 1 and, just recently, the VIEWS standout "Too Good" -- rumors now suggest that the chemistry between Drake and Rihanna might run deeper than the music. The pair got awfully close in the "Work" video, and RiRi has twerked all over Drizzy each time she's brought him out on stage during her current Anti tour.
"VIEWS" Is Reportedly Platinum; Drake Announces Physical & Streaming Release Dates
All the early reports suggested that Drake's new album, VIEWS, was expected to do huge numbers, and Republic Records, the label primarily responsible for the album's distribution, has now verified those predictions. According to Republic, VIEWS has sold the equivalent (including streams) of 1.2 million copies in its first six days of release.
Review: Drake's "VIEWS"
It felt like the hot takes on VIEWS started coming in before the album even dropped.
Drake To Appear On SNL Later This Month
Drake will keep the momentum going for VIEWS, as if he really needs it, with an upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live. The comedy show revealed their upcoming guests for the month of May today.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Joe Budden on "Views": "40 Continues To Progress; Drake, You Do Not"
Joe Budden has been known to share some spirited opinions on his podcast, and it looks like an upcoming discussion of Drake's new album, VIEWS, has him particularly worked up. In some clips of the conversation posted to his Instagram today, we see Budden passionately arguing with his co-host about Drake's latest album, which he feels does not show a progression from the rapper's previous work.