Drake, Future 'What A Time to Be Alive' Debuts at No. 1 Over Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller Albums
Drake can claim his second No. 1 album of 2015. After ruling the charts at the top of the year with his surprise mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late, his second release of the year What a Time to Be Alive with Future has also arrived at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. But, Drizzy isn't the only one to reach a high debut: seven new albums from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, David Gilmour and more also start their chart runs on the top 10.
As predicted, What a Time to Be Alive kicks off its chart run at No. 1, Billboard reports, moving a massive 375,000 album equivalent units in the U.S. Though this number falls short of the original 500,000 copies originally projected for WATTBA, the album marks the second massive seller for Drake in 2015. His January mixtape IYRTITL started its chart run at No. 1 and 535,000 album equivalent units.
Though this week was huge for Drake and Future, Lana Del Rey's new album Honeymoon also fared well on the chart, moving 116,000 album equivalent units, 105,000 of which were pure album sales. This marks the fourth top 10 album for Del Rey and her second No. 2 album. Her 2012 LP Born to Die also started at No. 1, while her last release, Ultraviolence, debuted at No. 1 with 182,000 copies sold. She's followed up by former three-week No. 1, The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness, at No. 3.
It was a big week for new releases from all genres. Rapper Mac Miller's new album Go:od AM debuted at No. 4 with 87,000 units.
Rock was represented by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, whose latest solo album Rattle That Lock debuted at No. 5 with 71,000 units. No. 6 also went to rock 'n' roll; Shinedown's new album Threat to Survival sold 65,000 album equivalent units.
Rock can also take a mild victory in No. 7, with Ryan Adams' version of Taylor Swift's 1989, which moved 56,000 units. Adams actually bested the album that inspired him - Swift's original version of 1989 moved 42,000 units and arrived at No. 8 this week.
Though the top 10 is filled with new releases, No. 9 belongs to former chart topped Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights. Everything is then rounded out by another new release, Christian rapper Andy Mineo, whose new album Uncomfortable debuted at No. 10.