As the clock struck Midnight on Friday morning, our eyes darted to Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and the other major services to witness a momentous musical debut that didn’t disappoint. Who else could it be but YMCMB/Republic superstar Drake? With his Scorpion album on the loose and stinging the competition, all sorts of streaming records have been shattered. In its first 24 hours alone, the 25-track set secured a massive 132 million streams at Spotify and an even bigger 170 million at Apple Music globally, establishing new high-water marks, with opener “Nonstop” (still at #1 on Apple and Spotify’s U.S. lists) earning a record first-day 9.3 million plays globally at Spotify on Friday. The performer’s absolute dominance on the single charts at both of these services will be hard to match going forward: at Spotify, cuts from the set occupied the top 23 positions on the U.S. chart, and 25 of the top 26, while all 25 tracks rushed into the top 25 on Apple Music in a complete sweep. Of course, the album was successful elsewhere: it’s still at #1 on iTunes in dozens of countries, and notable songs like the Michael Jackson-assisted “Don’t Matter To Me” and “In My Feelings” are certain to pierce the charts in a big way. Sting on! (Images courtesy of Young Money, Cash Money and Republic Records / Instagram: @ChampagnePapi)
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