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Drake’s ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Debuts at No. 1

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The numbers are in, and as expected, Drake debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Nothing Was The Same.’

Drake’s third solo album moved an estimated 658,179 units, beating out the number two album in the country, Kings of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull,’ by a whopping 543,000 units. Cher’s ‘Closer To The Truth’ and Elton John’s ‘Diving Board’ also debuted last week, and they finished in third and fourth place, respectively. To outsell these two legendary artists is certainly quite the feat for Drake.

‘Nothing Was The Same’ becomes the second highest selling album of 2013, trailing only Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience.’ That album nearly went platinum in its first week. Meanwhile, this is Drake’s most successful first week sales. His debut album, ‘Thank Me Later,’ sold approximately 447,000 units, while his sophomore release, ‘Take Care,’ moved 631,000 units.

While some expected ‘Nothing Was The Same’ to do much better, with many believing that this could have sold over one million units in its first week, the album has clearly proven to be successful. The album’s lead single, ‘Started From The Bottom,’ peaked at number 6 on the charts, while the second single, ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home,’ has peaked at number 7.

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