Drake has scored his eighth consecutive number one album in America with the biggest opening debut of 2018.
Scorpion smashed streaming records upon its release on 29 June, and the huge interest in his latest project helped Drake earn 732,000 equivalent sales units in its launch week, with 160,000 intraditional album sales.
He now ties Kanye West and Eminem for second place on the list of hip-hop acts with the most Billboard 200 number ones. JAY-Z still holds the rap crown with 14 chart-toppers, while among all acts, The Beatles reign supreme with 19 number ones.
Drake’s dominance forces Florence + The Machine to settle for second place with their new entry, High as Hope, while Post Malone holds firm at three.
The Gorillaz are new at four with The Now Now, and tragic rapper XXXTentacion’s ? falls to five.