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Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' Passes 1 Million In Sales


In its fifth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth week in the top five of the Billboard 200, Drake's third studio album "Nothing Was the Same" moves 38,000 copies to cross the million copies sold mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has now sold a total of 1,029,000 copies in the U.S.

The set launched atop the two charts on Oct. 12 with 658,000 first-week units, the biggest opening for a rap album this year. Among all R&B/hip-hop albums, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the only 2013 title to outsell "Nothing Was the Same" in its first week; it debuted with 968,000 (April 6).

Additionally, taking only six weeks to achieve the milestone, Drake's album is the fastest rap set to reach 1 million units sold this year. Jay Z's "Magna Carta… Holy Grail" previously held the honor at 12 weeks. The year's two other million-selling rap albums took considerably longer: Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" (43 weeks) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" (46).

The meteoric rise of Drake's set is due heavily to the enormous success of its singles. Lead cut "Started From the Bottom" was a huge hit on R&B/hip-hop radio, topping both Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (for three weeks in April) and the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (one week, April 20), as well as Rhythmic (three weeks in April-May). The track reached No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and has sold 2 million downloads.

Current single "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, has proven to be an even bigger chart hit, racking five weeks atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and shifting  1.5 million in digital sales in its first 12 weeks of availability. It also topped the aforementioned airplay charts for multiple weeks each.

Other cuts from "Nothing Was the Same," such as "All Me," featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2," featuring Jay Z, have achieved on-air exposure, with the former reaching a new peak (13-12) on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay this week.

Drake is currently on the road performing these hits, among countless others in his already deep catalog, headlining "Would You Like a Tour?" The North American portion of the tour wraps Dec. 18 in Philadelphia, while the European leg will run throughout March.