According to early Billboard projections, Drake is on track for the second-best chart debut of 2013, with sales pegged at north of 675,000.
That would put him behind the first part of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (968,000), but ahead of the year’s current second-best bow, Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail , which opened with 527,000 in July. (If you ask Hov, he actually moved 1.5 million copies, but Billboard did not count the one million Jigga pre-sold through a Samsung app giveaway.)
It would also mark Drake’s best first week ever, ahead of 2010′s Thank Me Later (447,000) and 2011′s Take Care (631,000), as well as his third #1 Billboard debut in a row. If numbers hold, it would also be the best first week for a hip-hop release since September 2011, when Lil Wayne moved 964,000 copies of Tha Carter IV.
The OVO boss recently revealed the seven-minute mafia-inspired video for the emotional ballad, “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which he told MTV News could be his stepping-stone back into acting .
“Bill Pope, who directed ‘The Matrix,’ directed the video and basically it’s a video full of acting because I’m dying to get back into acting,” Drake said. “So there’s actually no performance in the video — it’s all acting. A$AP’s in it as well, plus a lot of different cameos, but it’s a story-based video.”
“I based it off of some of the old Michael Jackson videos like ‘Moonwalker,’ so it’s sort of exciting, violent a little and scary a little, but it’s great.”