Drake picked up the award for Top Billboard 200 Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
The Toronto rapper was nominated alongside Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton, and Taylor Swift, but he prevailed against those powerhouses to win the award. That award was handed out during the pre-show where Kendrick Lamar won six early awards. Drake had a big year over the past year and so does all the other nominees, but when it comes to chart success, Drizzy perhaps had the biggest year.
Drake’s More Life album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart last year earning the Young Money rapper his seventh straight number one album. The album sold 505,000 album-equivalent units in the first week and 226,000 copies of those were pure album sales. Drake also set a new streaming record on Apple Music for the album with the most streams in one day earning 89.9 million streams. The project also set a new record on Spotify earning 61.3 million streams in the first day of release.
So far this year, Drake has been one of the most successful artists on the charts after spending weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What.”
We are just midway the year and it seems Drake is just getting ready to get started. The “Nice For What” rapper is currently readying his new album “Scorpion” set for release in June. He will be going up against Kanye West and his labelmate Nicki Minaj who are also dropping albums in June. Clearly, June is stacking up to be a big month for hip hop with these major album releases.
Judging from the previous track records, it’s safe to say that Drake will likely come out on top in terms of streaming numbers and sales. Let’s see what Nicki and Kanye will do.