It has been revealed that it remarkably only took Drake three days to clock as many streams as Kanye West’s new album, Donda with his LP Certified Lover Boy.
The information comes from the Rolling Stone charts, which pulls statistics in from Alpha Data. They are the analytics provider behind it all, and they discovered that from last Friday to Sunday, Certified Lover Boy was streamed more than 430 million times in the US alone. Meanwhile, Donda was streamed less than 423 million times in its first eight days.
While Kanye’s figures are still mightily impressive, and almost every artist on the planet would do unspeakable things to achieve them, Drizzy is just in his own league. In fairness to Ye, every single one of the 27 songs on his latest album made their way into the chart, but Drake now seems on track to create the biggest streaming debut in Alpha Data history.
The only album currently ahead of Certified Lover Boy is Drake himself and his 2018 album, Scorpion. Fans streamed his last effort on 725 million occasions in the first week of its release, and he now looks on course to eclipse that record.
Controversially, Drake handed a co-writing to the disgraced R Kelly on the album. However, this has been cleared up by his collaborator Noah’ 40′ Shebib, who made a statement regarding the R. Kelly credit.
Shebib wrote on Instagram on September 5, “I’m not here to defend Drakes lyrics, but I thought I would clear up that there is no actual R Kelly present and it’s a bit misleading to call him a co-lyricist.”
“It’s kinda wild cause I was just reading ‘Baby Girl’ by Kathy Iandoli and the recounts of some of that stuff is horrific and disgusting”, in response to the recently published biography of the late singer Aaliyah. He continued. “Then I saw this post and just had to say something because to think we would stand beside that guy or write with him is just incredibly disgusting.”
Shebib also mentioned in the statement that at the inception of ‘TSU’, there is a sample of DJ OG Ron C talking. “Behind that faintly which you can’t even hear is an R. Kelly song playing in the background,” he explains.
“It has no significance no lyrics are present, R Kelly’s voice isn’t even present but if we wanted to use Ron C talking we were forced to licence it.”