Aubrey Drake Graham, who goes by the stage name Drake comes from a musical family background as his grandmother used to babysit Louis Armstrong while his father was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. Going by the name Aubrey Graham at age fourteen, he landed a role in the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation and entered the hip-hop phase when he was eighteen. After quitting his acting career, he focused on music and released several mixtapes. His third and fourth mixtapes released under his record label OVO earned him critical acclaim and Grammy nominations. After signing with Lil Wayne’s record label, Drake released his highly anticipated debut studio album with big-name contributions, and the rest is history.
With over 139 singles, four extended plays, eighty-four music videos, and now seven studio albums, Drake is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Setting and breaking records for his digital streams and singles, let’s look at his highest-grossing albums, ranked by their sales.
6 Thank Me Later (2010)
After releasing mixtapes and compilation albums for two years, Drake took his time before releasing his studio album. Thank Me Later was released on June 15, 2010, and debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 in the United States. According to Rolling Stone, it became his first number one selling album, with 447,000 copies sold within the first week. Four singles were released from the album, including Over, Find Your Love, Miss Me, and Fancy, all of which reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The album featured contributions from A-list artists Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and his mentor Lil Wayne and has sold over 1.5 million copies.
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5 Take Care (2011)
His second studio album, Take Care, was another massive success following his debut album and landed the top spot on Billboard Album Charts. Selling 631,000 copies within the first week, it sold 2.260 million copies later. Take Care is a six-times certified platinum album after selling a combined six million copies through streams and sales. Four of his singles, Headlines, The Motto, Make Me Proud, and Take Care, debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 charts.
4 Certified Lover Boy (2021)
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Created during the quarantine in 2021, Certified Lover Boy was a surprise to fans with the announcement and a unique album cover. The album debuted at the top spot on Billboard 200 and sold 613,000 album-equivalent units within the first week. As mentioned by Parade, he had 743.67 million streams, equivalent to 562,000 album sales on streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify. The album was a blockbuster success, earning the record for the biggest opening day streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Nine singles from his album debuted in the Top 10, with Way 2 Sexy on the top spot.
3 Nothing Was The Same (2013)
Breaking the record of his mentor Lil Wayne’s album The Carter IV, Nothing Was The Same saw the highest first-week sales for a hip-hop album with 658,000 copies. It passed one million sales in a month and stayed at the top spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album Hot 100 for five weeks and six weeks on the Billboard 200. Out of the thirteen tracks, Started From The Bottom and Hold On, We’re Going Home were on the Top 10 Billboard 100 chart. At the Grammys 2014, Nothing Was The Same won the award for Best Rap Album.
2 Scorpion (2018)
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Drake saw astronomical success with Scorpion, his fifth studio album. Due to its lengthier songs, the twenty-five-track studio album had an A-side and a B-side. Scorpion was on the top spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks, a feat never achieved by an artist before. The album sold 3.905 million equivalent album sales, out of which 330,000 were album sales, making it the most-streamed album of 2018, as stated by Forbes. His songs God’s Plan, Nice For What, and In My Feelings became pop-culture staples, with In My Feelings spawning an internet dance challenge.
1 Views (2016)
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His most successful and record-breaking album to date, Drake’s Views, was his fourth studio album that took the world by the storm. Along with spending 13 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, it sold 4.1 million album-equivalent units. Views saw 5.1 million song downloads, 1.6 million traditional sales, and a whopping 3 billion streams, as reported by USA Today. His single Hotline Bling won two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance and spent nineteen weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Drake has continued to see success with his EPs and compilation albums, along with his studio albums. His seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, dropped on June 15, 2022, twelve years after his debut album and broke the record for most Apple Music streams in one hour, and is already set to break a few more records that he set with his past albums.
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Sources: Rolling Stone, Parade, Forbes
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