Her Loss, the new collaborative LP by Drake and 21 Savage has wasted no time going straight to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. It debuted at No. 1, with what was the year’s most successful week for a hip-hop/R&B album and the fourth-largest streaming week for any album in history.
It has been so successful that it even dethroned Taylor Swift’s historic latest album Midnights, which shot to the top of the chart shortly after it dropped on October 21st. Now, for Drake, Her Loss is his 12th album to debut at No. 1, following the summer release of Honestly, Nevermind.
Her Loss debuted with 404,000 equivalent album units, as well as 513.56 million on-demand official streams of its 16 songs. In addition to being the most successful hip-hop album of 2022, it has had the most successful first week in the genre since Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuted at No. 1 back in September 2021.
Drake now has the third-most No. 1 records on the Billboard 200, under Jay-Z with 14 and The Beatles with 19.
After the pair released Her Loss at the start of the month, Megan Thee Stallion wrote a series of tweets that seemed to criticise Drake for suggesting that she had lied about being shot by Tory Lanez, although she didn’t name anyone specifically. Notably, on the Her Loss track ‘Circo Loco’, Drake raps: “This bitch lie about getting shots, but she still a stallion / She don’t even get the joke but she still smiling.”
After that, Drake and 21 Savage were sued by the publishers of Vogue, Condé Nast and Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., for posting and distributing a mocked-up magazine cover as part of the album’s promotional campaign.