It’s the attack of the mononyms!
And international ones, too: The Toronto-repping Drake scored big with his third album Nothing Was the Same, which debuted at No. 1 this week, while New Zealand teenager Lorde saw her breakout single “Royals” ascend to the top of the Hot 100.
Let’s start with Drizzy, since his numbers are especially impressive: The rapper’s latest wound up selling 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That easily gives the Canadian the year’s second-biggest sales week, just behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 968,000 bow.
As Billboard notes, it’s the biggest debut for any rap album since Lil Wayne’s 2011 Tha Carter IV. (FYI, it also beats Drake’s own 2011 release Take Care, which hit 631,000 its first week out).