When Drake dropped his seventh and most anticipated album, Scorpion, last Friday (June 29), ears around the world were listening. And the numbers prove it.
Just 16 hours after its release, Drizzy’s two-disc LP was averaging 10 million streams per hour on spotify, according to Variety. The album crushed all Apple Music records and almost immediately became the No. 1 project on the Apple charts in 92 different countries. In fact, all 25 tracks occupied Apple Music’s top 25 spots.
What’s even more impressive: Drake didn’t just break Apple Music records, he broke the records he previously set on the digital service when he dropped his sixth solo studio album, More Life, last year. The 6 God garnered 89.9 million streams on release day. This time around, he took home the crown once again by producing 170 million streams on Apple Music worldwide. He even shattered Amazon Music Unlimited’s steaming benchmark, which was previously held by Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods.
But as everyone knows, hip-hop’s golden boy is always the gift that keeps on giving.
If fans remember correctly, Drizzy’s 2016 LP, Views, was the first project to reach a billion streams on Apple Music, giving the platform a leg to compete against Spotify after it launched in 2015. As if that weren’t enough to keep Drake celebrating all year long, RIAA officially announced that the Toronto-bred performer is its top certified digital singles artist with 142 million as of Friday (June 29).
Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Katy Perry follow Drake in certified units.
🚨🚨 🙌 to @Drake! RIAA's new top certified digital singles artist. #Drake142Million #RIAATopCertified #️⃣1️⃣ https://t.co/Qd83rDKnXV @RepublicRecords @CashMoneyRecrds @YoungMoneySite pic.twitter.com/l4ARp73NWA
— RIAA (@RIAA) June 29, 2018
Just call Drake the scorpion king because he wasn’t playing any summer games when he pushed this project. And now that he’s officially wrapped his deal with Cash Money, only God’s plan will tell where he ends up next.