On “Seinfeld” they used to say, Everyone loves the Drake. No one ever explained it, but as with most things Seinfeld, the expression was prescient.
Everyone does indeed love Drake 20 years later.
The pop R&B rapper half Jewish Canadian is the king of the pop charts, summer 2018. His “Scorpion” album is number 1 for the second week. In that time, “Scorpion” has cleared the 1 million sales mark for real, not just shipments, but in sales and streaming. After selling 750K copies in week 1, Drake came back with 325K in week 2. These days, that’s nothing short of a miracle.
On the Song Revenue Chart for Week 1, hitsdailydouble shows that Drake earned over $4 million from streaming. On the top 50, songs with Drake’s name on the byline take up 24 spots. Earth shaking.
Just to give a little perspective, “Scorpion” sold 12 times the number of albums that Jay Z and Beyonce’s “Everything is Love” sold this week. Drake has obliterated The Carters and annihilated Kanye West. Drake’s only real competition for all of 2018 is Post Malone, but he’s exceeded Malone handily.
Universal Music remains the biggest market share holder in music. Warner Music is number 2, which is interesting. Sony/Columbia/RCA/Epic has fallen to a distant third. Columbia Records still has nothing on the charts. Yeesh!