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Drake Grabs The Billboard No.1 Spot With Views, Sets Streaming Record

Last week, Drake dropped his latest album Views and with no surprise he sits atop the Billboard 22 at No.1. According to Nielsen Soundscan Drake earned 1.04 million equivalent album units in the week ending May 5 in the U.S. Traditional sales number for the first week are 852,000 copies sold.

According to Billboard:
“It was earlier reported that Views’ sales start is a personal best sales week for Drake, the largest for any album in 2016, and the biggest for a male artist in over three years. The last album by a man to post a bigger sales week was Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience when it debuted with 968,000 copies sold in the week ending March 24, 2013.

Views’ songs were streamed a record 245.1 million times in the U.S. during the tracking week. That sum includes plays of the album’s songs on Apple Music, as well as the handful of songs from the set that were available at other streaming services like Spotify. Previously, the biggest week for streams from an album was Beyonce’s Lemonade, which racked up 115.2 million plays for its songs during its debut week (ending April 28, 2016).

Views’ 245.1 million streams for its songs equates to 163,392 SEA units. (Each SEA unit represents 1,500 streams.)

Overall, Views’ overall units (album sales, TEA and SEA combined) is the largest for any album in 2016, and the biggest since Adele’s 25 collected 1.19 million units in its fifth week of release (week ending Dec. 24, 2015).”

COngrats to the 6 God as he continues to cement his legacy as a major superstar in music and in pop culture!

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French Montana Lands Deal With Epic/Records! Mac & Cheese 4 On The Way

French Montana is the latest member to the Epic roster headed by L.A. Reid, and since Diddy partnered with Epic last year it was only right that French get a deal.

Epic has been on a role lately signing Rick Ross after 10 years with Def Jam & most recently DJ Khaled through his We The Best imprint.

Excited to see how this rolls out for French!

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I’ll Name This Podcast Later Episode 64

Joe, Marisa & Rory take a different tone to discuss Drake’s latest studio album and Joe Budden has some harsh criticism for the golden boy.

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New Music: The Game Feat. Sonyae- Mama

The recent death of Afeni Shakur has led to a source of inspiration for The Game, who has made this beautiful song to honor all mothers. R.I.P. Afeni.