Drake has chalked up his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new archival compilation album, Care Package, premieres in the top slot this week. The set, which was released on 2 August via OVO Sound/Republic Records, launched with 109,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending 8 August, according to Nielsen Music.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran’s former leader, No.6 Collaborations Project, rose one spot with 49,000 equivalent album units. Billie Eilish’s previous chart-topper, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, has also climbed one place with 47,000 units.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Care Package collects 17 of Drake’s stray tracks and rarities — many of which were never officially released and only available via Soundcloud or YouTube.
Accordingly, 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.
With Drake notching his ninth No. 1, he continues his remarkable run on the Billboard 200. He’s charted 11 entries on the list, and just two of them have missed the top slot. This March, his So Far Gone mix tape, which was originally released for free in early 2009 but never commercially issued or distributed to streaming services until earlier this year, peaked at No. 5 following its official release. Then, back in 2009, the So Far Gone EP — a distillation of the original So Far Gone mix tape — marked Drake’s first commercial album release and peaked at No. 6.
Among artists with the most No. 1s on the Billboard 200, the Canadian rapper is in legendary company. He’s tied with Garth Brooks, Eminem, Madonna and The Rolling Stones with nine each. Ahead of them are The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand (11), and Elvis Presley (10).
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