Drake’s Take Care stays high on US and Canadian charts [News]
Toronto, ON – Drake continues to flip the proverbial bird to his haters. The Toronto-bred superstar captured the No. 1 spot on both the Canadian and US charts with the first week sales of his new album Take Care and it remains in the Top 5 moving into the month of December. Billboard reported that the project sold over 630,000 copies in the US and an impressive 48,000 copies in Canada. By comparison, Drake’s album debut Thank Me Later hit No. 1 in 2010 with first week sales of 31,000 units sold in Canada and close to 450,000 in the US. In the first week of being released, on both the US and Canadian charts, Take Care bumped Michael Buble’s Christmas to the No. 2 spot and Adele’s 21 landed in the No. 3 slot. Justin Bieber’s Under The Misteltoe came in at No. 4 in Canada while Andrea Bocelli’s Concerto: One Night In Central Park pushed the Biebs to the No. 5 spot in the US.
With second week sales reports published, Billboard now has Take Care listed in the No. 4 slot (173,000 units, down 73%) falling behind fellow Canadians Michael Buble and Nickelback. Rihanna’s Talk That Talk, which was released November 21st, moved 197,000 units and comes in at No. 3. On iTunes, Take Care has moved down to the No. 8 spot. [More]
Take Care’s massive first week success comes aftter Billboard Magazine predicted the album would move close to 700,000 units in first week sales. During the American Music Awards on November 20th, Drake performed his single “Headlines” (video below) and switched up one of the lines to acknowledge the prediction, rapping: “If we talkin’ bout the numbers/ Man, it look like 700, they know.” In true Lil Wayne form, he offered this quote to MTV News: “Pardon me for sounding however I sound with this statement, but we rich as shit, so numbers and record sales that doesn’t matter to none of us.” Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, which was released this past August, put up an impressive 964,000 units in week one alone. In 2008, The Carter III sold more than a million copies out the gate.