Drake’s ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Set for Massive First Week

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Started from the bottom, and he’s about to be on top once again. Drake is set to make a huge debut on next week’s charts with his third album Nothing Was the Same.

The project, which features the singles “Started From the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” is headed straight for No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200. After one day in stores, it is on track to move a whopping 675-725,000 copies in its first week alone, according to HITS Daily Double.

That would give the Toronto MC the second biggest debut of the year behind Justin Timberlake, whose album The 20/20 Experience launched with 968,000 in March.

It would also become his third No. 1 album, besting the sales of his 2011 sophomore set Take Care, which moved 631,000 units in its opening week. His 2010 debut Thank Me Later posted first-week sales of 447,000.

NWTS has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. In an interview with Angie Martinez, Drake declared it “the best album of the year.”

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40 Comments

  1. MSD

    it won’t be easy since it leaked 2wks early.

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    chris Reply:

    @MSD, it is already going to happen dude.

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    trina Reply:

    @MSD, it’s hard to believe. i never hear anyone playing his music anywhere. if the album is selling that good, why is he having a problem selling out his shows?

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    Truth Reply:

    @trina, His shows do sellout u idiot. The Club paradise tour sold out in almost every city.

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    Nick Reply:

    @Truth, NOT THIS TOUR THOUGH

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  2. Brasko801

    I like drakes music and I like this album but I don’t think it’s better then his first 2 albums. I think take care is still his best one but good for him!!

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    Mr Nice Watch Reply:

    @Brasko801, Take Care was trash. Yeah i said it. (my opinion so f all you folks that are gonna get pissy)

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  3. ccine

    Best rap album i’ve heard in a long time

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    Asiatic Reply:

    @ccine, nope Kendrick Lamar and Nas’s life is good takes that!

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @ccine, Born Sinner, gkMC …….

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    Ccine Reply:

    @Yasmine, “I gotta kill off that weak shit that’s got y’all exited…” #nwts

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    Beej Reply:

    @Yasmine, cosign

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  4. Brad

    @ccine, you must not listen to a lot of rap then..

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  5. Mike

    @brad..no doubt son..”best rap album I’ve heard in a long time”wtf you been listen to B?

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  6. Miszi

    Really nice album, it has an interesting vibe with all the weird sounding synths and piano in most of the songs. It’s cool because it creates a sort of distortion effect but it’s really subtle. I still like Take Care more but this one is great aswell. I especially like “From Time” featuring Jhene Aiko.

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  7. Chris

    It was a good album but not a hip hop album drake can rap but I never really though of him as a real rapper

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    Ice Reply:

    @Chris, I think the term rapper is too narrow, Drake is a well-rounded artist.

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  8. BEDSTUYFLY

    WOW! HE DESERVES IT.

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  9. chiilen

    Best album this year, fuck errbody else!
    (this year) OVO!

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    Nathan Reply:

    @chiilen, You on his payroll or nah?

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  10. DAVID

    BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR PERIOD!!

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  11. Sipho

    drizzy’s latest album is fuckin awesome.

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  12. carlos

    NUMBERS DON’T LIE that is all

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    ccine Reply:

    @carlos, right!

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  13. 666

    Can’t hate on Drake! But then again you can!

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  14. Pilar

    Absolutely adore Drizzy It’s far from “the best album of the year” but the stans are going to say whatever they any and everything. Decent project, definitely not great.

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  15. Meme

    I can’t see how ppl can not like this album. The reason why I feel drake is so freakin awesome is because he gives us the perfect blend of substance and catchy. Someone like a 2 chains is catchy but all trash while Kendrick or Cole makes music with substance but not necessarily something I want to hear over and over. I can reflect and relate to Nothing Was The Same and at the same it’s sometime want to blast it in my car and play it b4 I hit the club.

    Best rap album this year.

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    Dan Reply:

    @Meme, great post. (Serious)

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    Tyrone Reply:

    @Meme, well said.

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    ccine Reply:

    @Meme, True! U right, u right!

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  16. Kyle

    It’s rare these days for your first week sales to get better with each release; especially when you only broke into the industry not even 5 years ago. That’s HUGE.

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  17. Matthew Fridrich

    This album is dope, but can’t say its best album of the year yet. People forget a white boy named Eminem is coming soon with a new album. Don’t sleep on him his first single was dope and I know he got some fire coming especially if Dr. Dre is helping produce it.

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    what Reply:

    @Matthew Fridrich, Eminem’s last 3 albums were awful

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    Beej Reply:

    @Matthew Fridrich, Um no, Em’s first single was, in fact, trash. And before you ride my nuts, this is an opinion coming from a Shady fan. (Because real fans don’t dick ride their favs and instantly love every song they drop.) Hopefully the album won’t disappoint though. We’ll see.

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    joe Reply:

    @Beej, Berzerk was garbage. I’m trying to forget that it exists.

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  18. King

    I’m wit’ you brotha. This is quality.

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  19. Brandon

    Congratulations to Drake, but I’ve only purchased the few tracks I like. This album is all hype.

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  20. TRA

    I believe Drake is one of the best music artists in the music industry right now. Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album is the best mainstream hip hop album of 2013. J. Cole’s Born Sinner album is the second best mainstream hip hop album of 2013. Kanye West’s Yeezus album is the best alternative rock-n-roll/hip-hop album of 2013. Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album had great production, but the lyrics on that album didn’t sound too great at all. I don’t believe Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album is better than Drake’s Take Care album, but Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album is a very, good hip hop album.

    I don’t believe Drake is a better lyrical rapper than Jay-Z, and LL Cool J. I don’t believe Drake has had a better music career than Jay-Z and LL Cool J. Drake is like the new school version of both Jay-Z and LL Cool J, where Drake can make street singles like Started From The Bottom for all the guys, and still make love songs like Hold On, We’re Going Home for the ladies. As long as Drake continues to put out good music, he will always have platinum-selling albums during his music career.

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    ccine Reply:

    @TRA, Great post! Your opinions are logical, and well thought out….and lol where did llcool j come from?

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  21. Chauncey

    The album is good but nowhere near AOTY.

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