As reported by Billboard, Drake and 21 Savage’s new collaborative LP Her Loss has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The record debuted at No. 1 on the charts, with the biggest week of the year for a hip-hop/R&B album and the fourth-biggest streaming week for an album of all time. Her Loss also dethroned Taylor Swift’s Midnights, which topped the charts shortly after its October 21 release. The new LP marks Drake’s 12th album to debut at No. 1, following the release of Honestly, Nevermind in June.
Her Loss debuted with 404,000 equivalent album units, as well as 513.56 million official on-demand streams of its 16 songs. In addition to being the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop album of 2022, Her Loss has also had the biggest week in this category since Drake’s own Certified Lover Boy debuted at No. 1 last September.
Drake now has the third most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 – ranking behind JAY-Z (at 14) and the Beatles (at 19). Only three other artists – Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and Taylor Swift – have had more than 10 No. 1 LPs on the chart.
Drake and 21 Savage first announced Her Loss in a video accompanying their Honestly, Nevermind track “Jimmy Cooks.” The LP was originally scheduled for an October 28 release, but was pushed back to November 4 after Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib contracted COVID-19 while mixing and mastering the album.
After the release of Her Loss, Megan Thee Stallion wrote a series of tweets that appeared to criticize Drake for suggesting she lied about being shot by Tory Lanez, although she didn’t name anyone directly. Her Loss includes a song called “Circo Loco” in which Drake raps, “This bitch lies about getting shots but she’s still a stud/She doesn’t even get the joke but she’s still smiling.”
Following this controversy, Drake and 21 Savage were sued by the editor of Vogue for publishing and distributing a fake Vogue cover as part of their Her Loss ad campaign. (Condé Nast and Vogue’s parent company, Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., officially filed the lawsuit. Pitchfork is also owned by Condé Nast and Advance.)
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