Drake Wins the Album He Wanted

Drake took his No. 1 album to the top of the Billboard 200 as Honestly, Nevermind.

The dance-heavy version, which entered streaming services on June 17, just hours after Drake‘s surprise announcement, opened with 204,000 equivalent album units, accounting for 11,000 of album sales.

The 14-track set was the fourth biggest release week for an album this year, with 250.23 million on-demand streams, following Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti (356.55 million), Kendrick Lamar‘s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (343.02 million) and Future‘s I Never Loved You (283.75 million).

To be honest, Nevermind was a sonic departure from Drake’s previous albums with their dancefloor-ready tracks and received a mixed response from fans. The most-watched segment was the hip-hop-leaning “Jimmy Cooks,” featuring 21 Savages, followed by “Falling Back” (27.05 million) and “Sticky” (26.16 million).

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The album’s 204,000 units faded out compared to the 613,000 debuts of Drake’s 2021 album Certified Lover Boy, but that’s the lowest since the 2019 compilation Care Package, which opened at No. 1 with 109,000.

To be honest, Nevermind is Drake’s 14th best 10 chart album on the Billboard 200. He is one of five actors with more than 10 No. 1 albums joining The Beatles (19 No. 1s), JAY-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen (11), and Barbra Streisand (11).

Elsewhere in the top 10, Kevin Gates recorded his fifth-best 10 albums, and Khaza debuted at No. 8 with 38,000 equivalent album units.

Future’s former No. 1 I Never Loved You, ranges from 5-6 (49,000), Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache ranges from 4-7 (44,000) and Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers album ranges from 7-9 (36,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Drake – Honestly, Nevermind – 204,000
2. Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti – 121,000
3. Harry Styles – Harry’s House – 79,000
4. BTS – Proof – 75,000
5. Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album – 52,000
6. Future – I Never Liked You – 49,000
7. Post Malone – Twelve Carat Toothache – 44,000
8. Kevin Gates – Khaza – 38,000
9. Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – 36,000
10. Olivia Rodrigo – Sour – 32,000

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