Nothing Was the Same has landed Drake back at a familiar spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The Toronto rapper's latest release is officially the No. 1 album in the country, selling 658,000 copies in a week, the year's second-best debut totals behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience — which pushed 968,000 units in seven days.
Additionally, NWTS gives Drizzy a third consecutive No. 1, surpassing sales of his Grammy-winning Take Care LP, which opened with 631,000 units, and So Far Gone's 447,000 units.
Even with the heavy anticipation behind NWTS and buzzworthy songs like "All Me" or "Started From the Bottom," Drake didn't set out to top his personal sales benchmark. "Best advice I ever got is: no expectations lead to no disappointments," he told MTV News in September. "So I have no expectations.
"I'm just excited whenever people get the music," he continued. "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."
Up next, the OVO leader will launch his Would You Like a Tour trek, begining Oct. 18.
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