Last weeks album sales have been released, and Drake’s debut album “Thank Me Later” has taken the number one spot easily with over 446,000 copies sold in the first week. This makes the album the 3rd highest debut of the year so far. In fact, if the figures hold, the Young Money star sold more in his first week than the rest of the top five sellers combined.

Outside the U.S., Drake’s album also took some high numbers. In his native country of Canada, the album has actually gone platinum, selling over 100,000 units. In Europe, the album’s hit #1 on the UK R&B charts and #15 on the overall music chart.

Yesterday Drake took to his twitter account (@drakkardnoir) to express his feelings about the sales, saying, “Thank you for the support…thank you for the memories…thank me later,” adding “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Many fans have also taken to the social networking system to congratulate the artist, receiving notable praises from Billboard, Justin Bieber, Jae Millz and Nicki Minaj.

Amounting to this many album sales in the first week is a monumental success for anyone, let alone a hip-hop artist. This also comes after the album was leaked out to the internet two weeks before its release. Drake previously talked about this, stating that he thinks it might actually help him in sales. “I always said if I had put out an album that was poor quality and music that people didn’t enjoy, then I think the leaks would hurt me,” Drake said in a interview. “Because a lot of the feedback has been great. The word of mouth, music is something that is to be enjoyed. I think it can help me so, June 15th, I’m still confident.”

TRACE was at the “Thank Me Later” listening session in New York a couple weeks ago, for more information click the link bellow…

Written by Michael Wash

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