'Scorpion' becomes Drake's eighth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard's chart

Singer Drake speaks to the crowd prior to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor Mc Gregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage

Since the release of Drake's latest LP Scorpion, the Canadian artist has dominated the tops spots of the Billboard Music charts.

Drake and XXXTentacion's popularity is being mirrored in the United States, where the Billboard Hot 100 features seven Drake songs and nine of XXXTentacion's.

Drake officially owns the Billboard charts, where seven of his songs now sit in the Top 10.

According to executives, Drake could easily command a per-album advance of $15 million to $20 million if he signs to a major.

"Scorpion" was heavily promoted by a number of streaming companies, including Spotify, which filled its most popular playlists with selections from the album. He earned the largest debut of 2018 with Scorpion, his eighth No. 1 album, and became the first artist to reach 1 billion global streams in a week.

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In addition to Drake's record-breaking accomplishments on the top album charts, he also makes a significant showing in the Billboard Hot 100, which tracks the most listened-to singles in music.

Looking at the entirety of the list, Drake brings 27 songs onto the July 14-Hot 100. "Nonstop" grabbed the top spot.

In 2014, Billboard altered its system for calculating album sales to include streaming numbers, introducing terms like "equivalent album units" and "streaming equivalent albums" into the lexicon of those who follow the pop charts closely. It racked up 745.92 million US online plays in its first week, the highest streaming debut for any artist ever.

Under the new calculations, 1,250 plays on paid subscription platform count for one album sale, while it takes three times that amount on a platform like Spotify's unpaid service with commercial breaks.

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