*According to Billboard, Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” album is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and easily debut at No. 1 on the chart.
Industry sources expect his third full-length release to sell over 675,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The only larger week registered this year was when Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” debuted at No. 1 with 968,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Nothing Was the Same” will mark Drake’s third consecutive No. 1 album. His only release to miss the top slot was his debut EP, “So Far Gone,” which was released in 2009 and debuted and peaked at No. 6. He then opened at No. 1 with his first two full-length sets: 2010’s “Thank Me Later” and 2011’s “Take Care.”
“Nothing Was the Same’s” projected sales will also give Drake his own personal best sales week. Each of his albums has steadily grown in first-week sales. “So Far Gone” bowed with 73,000; “Thank Me Later” started with 447,000 and “Take Care” launched with 631,000.
Drake’s arrival could mark the largest sales week for a hip-hop album since Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” debuted at No. 1 with 964,000 in September of 2011.