It’s the attack of the mononyms!
And international ones, too: The Toronto-repping Drake scored big with his third album Nothing Was the Same, which debuted at No. 1 this week, while New Zealand teenager Lorde saw her breakout single “Royals” ascend to the top of the Hot 100.
Let’s start with Drizzy, since his numbers are especially impressive: The rapper’s latest wound up selling 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That easily gives the Canadian the year’s second-biggest sales week, just behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 968,000 bow.
As Billboard notes, it’s the biggest debut for any rap album since Lil Wayne’s 2011 Tha Carter IV. (FYI, it also beats Drake’s own 2011 release Take Care, which hit 631,000 its first week out).
Behind Drake this week came Kings of Leon, whose Mechanical Bull debuted at No. 2 (110,000). But those weren’t the only new albums: Cher’s Closer to the Truth entered at No. 3 (63,000) for her highest debut ever, while Elton John’s The Diving Board slotted at No. 4 (47,000). Rounding the top 5 is a significantly less sparkly artist, Jack Johnson, whose From Here to Now to You sat at No. 5 (37,000) in its second week after a chart-topping first.
On to singles: Lorde, that 16-year-old upstart who made her American TV debut on Fallon two nights ago, moved up from No. 2 to No. 1. Her “Royals” unseats Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” which may or may not please Sinead O’Connor.
This makes Lorde the youngest female to top the Hot 100 since Tiffany, who saw “I Think We’re Alone Now” reach No. 1 back in November of 1987 when she was also 16.
You either feel really old or really young right now. We’ll leave you with that so you can spend the rest of your day contemplating your life.