Drake’s ‘ Thank Me Later’ nears half a million in Billboard debut
Though he failed to join mentor Lil Wayne in the one milli club in his first week on the charts, there’s no shame in Drake’s game, as the Canadian rapper’s debut studio album, Thank Me Later will easily hit #1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of nearly 447,000.
That total was good enough to earn Drizzy the third-best chart debut of 2010 (behind Lady Antebellum and Sade). He bested the week’s other newcomers, veteran rock act Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, whose blues-inflected Mojo was far behind at #2 with 125,000, and fellow Canadian Sarah McLachlan, who returns to the charts with Laws of Illusion, hitting #3 with 94,000 in sales. The fourth slot is taken up by Now 34, which sold 88,000, meaning Drake sold more than the rest of the top five combined, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
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