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DRAKE RACKING UP RECORDS; SCORES 9TH NUMBER 1 ALBUM

On Sunday August 10, Canadian and honorary Jamaican Drake landed his ninth No. 1 album with the compilation ‘Care Package’. The collection of unofficially released singles and SoundCloud classics topped the Billboard 200 charts this week.

According to Billboard, Care Package moved 109,000 equivalent album units this week, of which 16,000 were pure album sales.

Having nine chart-toppers isn’t a record, but it does put him in rarefied air. On the all-time albums list, he’s tied with Garth Brooks, Eminem, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones.

Drake extends his own record for the most No. 1 albums this decade, as all nine of his leaders have arrived since 2010. Care Package is also the first No. 1 album for OVO Sound, the label co-founded by Drake. All of Drake’s previous albums were released via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic.

Drake keeps tabs on his performance and where he shakes out in the history of popular music with a particular eye toward the Beatles. He recently got a tattoo celebrating his surpassing of the Fab Four on the list of most songs in the Top 10 of Billboard’s singles chart, the Hot 100. He has 35 songs landing only behind Madonna.

The Beatles still have Drake by a considerable margin in the albums race: They have 19 chart-toppers to Drake’s nine. He’s also behind JAY-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen (11), Barbra Streisand (11), and Elvis Presley (10).


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