Drake Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Certified Lover Boy’; Selling Most Units in 2021 Within 7 Days

Drake’s much anticipated Certified Lover Boy (CLB) album dropped on September 3. The Canadian rapper’s sixth studio album has been making headlines ever since its debut.

The album has sold over 613,000 equivalent album units in the United States, Chart Data reports. CLB is now ranked as the biggest debut of the year. Kanye West ranks number two on the list with his Donda album. Donda has sold over 309,000 units since it was released on August 29.

Drake also broke a seven-day record for 2021. Within the first week, CLB sold over 500,000 units in the U.S. It’s the first album to surpass the 400,000 units mark this year.

Chart Data has been sharing Drake’s record-breaking news all month long.

“Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ earned 743.67 million on-demand streams in its first week in the US, the second-biggest debut in history. It was less than 3 million from breaking the record set by his own ‘Scorpion’ in 2018 (745.92m).”

Drake’s 21-track album features Rick Ross, Lil Waye, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, and Lil Dirk. His “Way to Sexy” video featuring Future and Young Thug is making noise on YouTube. It’s currently trending #2 for music (September 12).
There’s also a special appearance by rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z. The hip-hop icons collaborated to release the 5th track on the CLB album, All Love.
Despite receiving mixed reviews, CLB still claims the top spot on the Billboard 200. In fact, the album has logged the biggest sales week since Taylor Swift’s Folklore launched last year. Swift’s album debuted at the top spot with 846,000 units.
Drake’s CLB album is going into another week of records. It will be the first rap album of 2021 to claim the top spot for two consecutive weeks.  Last week, CLB set 2021 Apple Music Records. It became the most-streamed album in a 24-hour window. Drake is the most-streamed artist in a single day on Apple Music Records, moving ahead of Kanye West’s Donda. Kane’s album brought in over 430 million audio plays in the country within the first three days after its release.

“CertifiedLoverBoy has broken the record for most-streamed album in a single day in 2021 on Apple Music, with less than 12 hours counted.”

Drake’s CLB album was initially set to be released in late 2020 but was delayed due to Drake’s knee injury. Based on the album’s record-breaking numbers, it appears that CLB was right on time.