×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Drake’s ‘Same’ Marks His Third Consecutive No. 1 Collection

As expected, rapper Drake secured his third consecutive No. 1 collection last week, as the Cash Money set “Nothing Was the Same” led seven new titles onto the U.S. album chart.

The Toronto-born hip-hop star, né Aubrey Drake Graham, corralled the top slot with first-week sales of 658,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 29. His previous chart-toppers, 2011’s “Take Care” (2 million sold) and 2010’s “Thank Me Later” (nearly 1.7 million) also reside on this week’s list, at Nos. 74 and 179 respectively.

Nashville sibling unit Kings of Leon tied their best chart placement ever with “Mechanical Bull” (RCA), which secured No. 2 with 110,000 copies moved out of the box. The band’s 2010 release “Come Around Sundown” claimed the same position. Its 2008 bestseller “Only By the Night,” which contained the hits “Sex On Fire” and Grammy winner “Use Somebody,” peaked at No. 4

A pair of familiar names climbed into the top five. Cher’s “Closer to the Truth” (Warner Bros.) boarded at No. 3, tracking 63,000. Incredibly, it’s the Oscar-winning singer’s highest debut in a solo career that dates back to 1965; 1998’s “Believe,” which contained the titular international hit, peaked at No. 4.

The perennially reliable Elton John’s “Diving Board” (Capitol) plunged in at No. 4 with a 47,000-copy opening lap. It was the vocalist-pianist’s third top-10 release of the millennium, succeeding “The Captain and the Kid” (No. 6, 2006), and “Songs From the West Coast” (No. 2, 2001).

Dream Theater’s self-titled Roadrunner album moved in at No. 7 with a 34,000-unit frame. The metal act’s showing was consistent with its most recent chart placements: “A Dramatic Turn of Events” (2011) debuted at No. 8, while “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” (2009) peaked at No. 6.

EDM triumvirate Krewella captured No. 8 with its first full-length release “Get Wet” (Columbia), which shifted 27,000. Act fronted by sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf previously reaped a No. 6 dance hit with its 2012 EP “Play Hard.”

Metal warlords Metallica returned to the top 10 with the soundtrack to their concert doc “Through the Never” (Blackened), which bowed at No. 9 with 25,000 sold. The group’s IMAX 3D combination of live footage and dramatic narrative opened nationally on Sept. 27.

Last week’s No. 1 arrival, Jack Johnson’s “From Here to Now to You,” fell to No. 5 with a 37,000-copy tally (down 69%). Other holdovers included Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 6, 36,000, off 24%) and Justin Moore’s “Off the Beaten Path” (No. 10, 25,000, down 74%).

Next week should witness an interesting chart faceoff, as Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” out yesterday, will challenge Drake for the pinnacle. Timberlake’s first “20/20” installment, released earlier this year, has sold nearly 2.3 million to date.

More Music

  • NF_D_JGN-D14-5180.raf

    The Sexist Metal Scene in 'The Dirt' Is Painfully Accurate, Say Veteran Female Execs

    The fallout from Friday’s premiere of Netflix’s few-holds-barred Motley Crue biopic, “The Dirt,” began even before the film, which focuses on the quartet’s ‘80s-‘90s decade of decadence, was released. The group’s ill treatment of many women in their orbit is a matter of public record, and is depicted both seriously and unsettlingly light-heartedly in the [...]

  • BMG Posts Strong Earnings for 2018

    BMG Posts Strong Earnings for 2018

    BMG announced solid earnings for 2018 — its tenth year since the “new” BMG opened for business after its previous incarnation merged with Sony Music — as part of parent company Bertlesmann’s results Tuesday. According to the announcement, despite “negative exchange rate effects,” BMG’s revenues increased by 7.5 percent to €545 million (around $644 million), [...]

  • Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls Jussie Smollett Deal a 'Whitewash of Justice'

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges Tuesday against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Flanked by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Kevin Graham, the president of the Chicago police union, the mayor said the decision sends a message that high-profile people will not be held accountable for their [...]

  • Grammy Awards60th Annual Grammy Awards, Press

    Grammy Eligibility Year to Close One Month Early for 2020 Awards

    The eligibility year for the 2020 Grammy Awards will close on Aug. 31, one month earlier than usual, the Recording Academy announced today in a letter to members. The change is due to next year’s telecast taking place on Jan. 26, around two weeks earlier than usual (although the 2018 awards took place on Jan. [...]

  • Post Malone wow video dancer

    Meet the 43-Year-Old Dancing Sensation From Post Malone's 'Wow' Video

    Mike Alancourt is here to dance his heart out, one Post Malone video at a time. The Florida native recently went viral thanks in no small part to his impressive moves. At 43 years old, he appears in the video for Post’s “Wow,” carrying the final third with his bearded, bellied routine. The video caught [...]

  • DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE

    Khalid to Join Kane Brown for Duets-Heavy ACM Awards Telecast

    Khalid, the R&B singer whose sophomore album comes out April 5, will be taking to the airwaves two nights later to collaborate with country star Kane Brown in a performance that’s been announced for the Academy of Country Music Awards. In a heavy nod toward “Grammy moment”-style hookups between artists, producers also unveiled some of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content