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Drake: the biggest opening ever for the debut album by a rap artist.
June 25, 2010, 2:11 pm
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Drake’s first full-length album, Thank Me Later, enters The Billboard 200 at #1, with first-week sales of 447,000. This constitutes one of the biggest openings ever for the debut album by a rap artist. It’s bigger than Eminem’s first week with The Slim Shady LP in February 1999 (283,000). It’s even bigger than Kanye West’s first week with The College Dropout in February 2004 (441,000). And today’s sales climate is less favorable now than it was back then (to put it mildly).

Drake has 13 songs on this week’s Hot Digital Songs chart. That’s more than Justin Bieber and the cast of Glee combined. (Those two pop powerhouses were good for four and seven charted songs, respectively, this week.) Eleven of Drake’s 13 charted songs are from Thank Me Later.

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