It’s hard to say we’re surprised anymore: Drake’s new album Scorpion has officially hit over 1 billion streams in its first week. The rap artist continued his upward climb, with the momentum from More Life and his recent single releases leading into his two side, 25 track album. The album also broke the US streaming record with 745.92 million streams in its first week, according to Billboard. Scorpion breezed by the previous owner of Post Malone’s Beerbong & Bentleys, which put up 431 million streams in its first week.
Let’s just face it – Drake is on a completely different level. Take a look at Billboard’s official list of all the records this album has broken.
Outside of the songs released in anticipation of the album, such as Nice For What and God’s Plan, the album has hits from the (literal) two sides of Drake. On one side, we have the “hard hitter, bar spitter” side of Drake in hits like Nonstop, and on the other side we have the emotional Drake shown in Don’t Matter To Me.
Regardless of your thoughts on Drake, it’s time to recognize that he is going to continue to set trends for the rap game, and break records doing it.