Wednesday UPDATE: Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” at 451K Copies, Could Hit Half a Mil, “Donda” Still Selling

Home Music Wednesday UPDATE: Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” at 451K Copies, Could Hit Half…

Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” is outta control.

Drizzy’s new album is at 451,000 in streaming equivalent units sold. And it’s just Wednesday. There’s another day left for sales. He could hit 500,000.

“CLB” is a streaming giant. In sales though, not so much Paid downloads come to 18,000.

The individual tracks are monsters. “Champagne Poetry,” with the Beatles’ “Michelle,” is at 270,000 streaming equivalent copies. Paul McCartney is popping Champagne right now! “Girls Want Girls” is at 320,000. All the other tracks are streaming away!

And Kanye? “Donda” is more of a shonda, selling just 405K in two weeks. Second week is 90,000. The tracks like “Hurricane,” “Jail,” and “Off the Grid” are booming, however. Def Jam keeps issuing notices for “Donda” breaking streaming records. (‘Streaming records’ is a contradiction in terms, no?)

Will see Kanye and Drake at the Grammys? I don’t care if a stranger on the street has to nominate them, NARAS has to acknowledge these two releases BIG TIME. If Pierre Cossette were still alive, he’d have McCartney come and perform the “Michelle” part of “Champagne Poetry.”


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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