Everyone has an opinion on the subject of Donda vs. Certified Lover Boy. However, if the competition is assessed only on the number of streams, a clear winner has emerged.
During the continuous battle between the two rappers, which peaked with West briefly revealing Drake’s supposed home address, fans were eager to see which album would rule supreme on the charts. Drake then responded with a video of him laughing, followed by bars on CLB’s “7AM on Bridle Path” that alluded to the scenario. Diddy even added his two cents to the debate.
Drake’s Certified Lover Boy racked up over 430 million audio streams in the United States in the three days following its release, September 3 through 5, according to data from analytics firm Alpha Data, topping past Donda’s 423 million streams in the first eight days.
The Six God surpassed many of his own all-time records for the most-streamed album in less than 24 hours on Spotify and Apple Music, in addition to holding the number one slot on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums Chart. Scorpion, which debuted in 2018, set records on both streaming platforms.
CLB’s final first-week figures are scheduled to be released this weekend.
Donda, as previously announced over the weekend, sold 309,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 2. Kanye’s last two albums, Jesus Is King and Ye, had launch sales of 264,000 and 208,000 equivalent album units, respectively.
Meanwhile, Certified Lover Boy’s predicted first-week stats indicate to an even greater launch week for Drizzy, with the album expected to gross between 575,000 and 625,000 album equivalent units in its first week. The total number of streams in the United States is estimated to be between 650 million and 700 million over the course of seven days.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that Drake had an advantage over Kanye West because Donda’s tracking week was two days shorter due to the album’s release on a Sunday.
Even with the two extra days of tracking, Kanye would have struggled to surpass what is shaping up to be the year’s largest launch.
While Kanye may be annoyed by the news, he’ll undoubtedly take solace in the fact that Donda recently surpassed one billion global streams, a number he achieved in just ten days.
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