The hip-hop star's 'Nothing Was the Same' arrives at No. 1 with 658,000 sold-his best week yet.

The Billboard 200's top four albums are all debuts this week, led by Drake's "Nothing Was the Same," which launches at No. 1 with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the Friday of its release week (Sept. 27), industry sources forecast the set would start with around 660,000-670,000.

"Nothing Was the Same" tallies the second-largest sales week of 2013. The only album to sell more this year (so far) is Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience." It bowed at No. 1 with 968,000 following its release in March.

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