If album sales are an indicator of career progress, Drake is taking care of business. The Young Money superstar's sophomore album lands at number one on the Billboard 200 this week, selling over 630,000 copies. The impressive numbers earn Take Care the title of third-biggest opening of the year, trailing only behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way and label boss Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV.
Drake's first album, the star-studded Thank Me Later, debuted at number one last year with 447,000 copies sold in its first week. This time around, production was handled almost entirely in-house, with vocals contributed by Rihanna, Rick Ross, Andre 3000, The Weeknd and others. Drake performed the album's lead single, "Headlines," at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
Elsewhere on the charts, Childish Gambino, the rap project of Community actor and comedian Donald Glover, debuts at number 11, with a little over 50,000 copies sold of his debut album Camp.
Mac Miller, who was number one last week with his independent effort Blue Slide Park, slides to number 24 with nearly 25,000 additional units moved. On Chelsea Lately last night, Drake joked that he and Mac Miller were two of the only Jewish rappers in the business.
"We all sort of re-enact Bartmitzvahs and do very Jewish things together," he said.
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