Usually, any time that Drake releases a full-length project, it’s locked in for a #1 debut on the Billboard 200. This time around though, he will not earn that honor.
It was reported earlier in the week that Dark Lane Demo Tapes may not debut at the top spot on the charts, which would effectively end a decade-long streak of #1 debuts for the Toronto native. There is now confirmation that he will start off at the #2 spot, right behind country superstar Kenny Chesney.
According to Hits Daily Double, the sales have been calculated and, with 226K equivalent albums units sold, Drake will debut at #2 on the Billboard 200. Ahead of him is Kenny Chesney’s album Here and Now, which moved 234K equivalent album units.
This ends a streak that many thought would remain intact for a few more years. With his last nine full-length projects, Drake has enjoyed success right off the bat with #1 debuts. Did anybody predict that he would lose out to Kenny Chesney?
Regardless of its standing on the charts, people are still enjoying the Dark Lane Demo Tapes. The mixtape features Playboi Carti, Future, Young Thug, Fivio Foreign, and more.
Are you surprised about this development? Do you think he’ll slide up to the top spot the following week?