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.”