Drake’s Scorpion album has proven to be the biggest album of 2018. Scorpion is estimated to sell around 900K to one million copies first week.
The OVO boss’ double LP was certified platinum by the RIAA on June 29, the same day of its release. Although Drake’s album has been streamed a record-breaking number of times, its certification is due in large part to the success of its singles.
“God’s Plan” and “Nice for What” both went multi-platinum, racking up more than 10 million equivalent units. Under the RIAA’s album-equivalent unit standards, 1,500 streams or 10 track sales are equivalent to one album sale, making Scorpion eligible for platinum status upon its release.
On top of the huge streaming numbers, Drake is likely on pace for additional platinum plaques thanks to the impending CD release of Scorpion. The pop superstar is scheduled to drop physical copies of his double LP on July 13.