Drake Scores His 11th No. 1 Album on the Billboard 200 Chart with “Honestly, Nevermind”

Drake at the Billboard Music Awards show in 2019.
Drake at the Billboard Music Awards show in 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (10222625ff)

Drake announced his latest album Honestly, Nevermind only a day before dropping it, but that didn’t stop him from hitting the charts. The Canadian rapper easily soared to no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the eleventh time in his career with his latest LP.

Honestly, Nevermind topped the Billboard 200 with 204,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. during its first week on the chart. Luminate reports that its success was powered by its streaming activity, which accounts for 94% of the album’s first-week sum. SEA units comprise 191,000, while album sales comprise 11,000, and TEA units comprise 2,000 of the album’s sales.

Honestly, Nevermind is Drake’s eleventh album to reach no. 1, making him only the fifth act in history to top the Billboard 200 with more than ten albums. The list also includes The Beatles with 19 no. 1 albums, Jay-Z with 14, and Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand with 11 each.

This surprise album was released on June 17 and it saw Drake pay homage to house and Baltimore club music. He dedicated the album to the late designer Virgil Abloh and celebrated its release by dropping a music video for “Falling Back”. “Sticky” and “Massive” were announced as the album’s first two singles on June 21.