The Game may have been off by a bit when he predicted Drake would sell 650,000 in his first week, but according to preliminary figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Thank Me Later will debut very strongly on the Billboard charts. The Canadian rapper and Lil Wayne protégé will easily top the charts when final figures are tallied on Wednesday (June 23), hitting #1 with the third-highest debut week of the year.
The rapper’s first album, which leaked to the Internet two weeks ago, moved more than 446,000 copies. That puts it just behind the first-week figures for this year’s best-seller so far, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, which sold 481,000 in its first week, and Sade’s Soldier of Love, which notched 502,000 in its bow. Drake’s estimated numbers are more than enough to best the week’s chart debuts from two music industry veterans, Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan, as well as the totals for the latest Now compilation. In fact, if the figures hold, the former “Degrassi” star sold more in his first week than the rest of the top five combined.
Drake’s path to success is outlined in “Better Than Good Enough,” a documentary on his rise to the top of the game that is slated to air on MTV on Wednesday night (June 23) at 10 p.m.
“I shot a documentary — it was the two months leading up to my album. It was like the most important time of my life — ever,” Drake told MTV2′s “Sucker Free” about the doc, which goes behind the scenes as he finishes and prepares to drop his highly anticipated debut. Drizzy said he wanted to give his audience deeper insight about himself in the show. “I documented [the months before Thank Me Later dropped] for you to see, so we can get to know each other a little better.”
Don’t miss the “Drake: Better Than Good Enough” documentary , airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!