Drake's First-Week Streaming Numbers for 'VIEWS' Are Insane

Drake's 'VIEWS' album was streamed on Apple Music over 250 million times.

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The first week streaming numbers for Drake's VIEWS album were announced and they're even crazier than expected. Drake's label, Republic Records, just revealed the album was streamed over 250 million times in the first week, which tops Kanye West's The Life of Pablo album, which was streamed over 250 million times in the first 10 days. Not only are the streaming numbers for Drake huge, but the label also announced the project has sold over 1 million copies worldwide in just six days.

Though the final Billboard 200 chart numbers won't be out until later this week, VIEWS is expected to bring in the biggest first week of sales in Drake's career and another No. 1 album on his mantle. Early projections pegged the album to move over 1 million copies in the first week, and Republic confirmed that with streams and digital tracking, the project has already passed that mark in the United States. For Drake, this is only the beginning of his run in 2016, which will include an appearance on Saturday Night Live later this month and then an arena tour with Future this summer.

As of right now, the album has only been available on Apple Music and iTunes, but that will change on May 6 when physical copies are shipped out. Then, on May 13, the project will be available to stream on all streaming platforms and not just Apple Music. You can check out the full list of dates for Drake and Future's upcoming tour here, and stay tuned for the official Billboard numbers in the coming days. 

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