June 23rd, 2010
07:46 AM ET
Call it home-field advantage: Early reports out of Canada reveal that Drake’s debut album, "Thank Me Later," has already gone platinum.
The Young Money/Cash Money signee - and arguably the most-hyped hip-hop artist in years - is dealing with lofty expectations for his first solo album since his astronomically successful mixtape, "So Far Gone," more or less set his career in motion.
Drake was expected to move somewhere between 425,000 and 475,000 units in the first week and those estimates were on target: the artist almost went gold, selling 462,989 copies of "Thank Me Later" in the U.S.
Hip-hop DJ and radio personality DJ Whoo Kid, who wasn't quite convinced that Drizzy would be the year's largest release, also wasn't far off with at least part of his prediction that a legend will rain on the parade of Toronto’s Golden Child. “Will Drake sell 500k the first week?" DJ Whoo Kid asked via Twitter before he laid out his guess that Drake would sell somewhere between 350,000-420,000 in his first week.
While it looks like Drake did better than Whoo Kid expected, it remains to be seen whether or not his prediction that Eminem will outsell Drake will come true. The DJ is banking on Em selling between 650,000 and 700,000 units of “Recovery," which dropped June 21.
Either way, it seems that Drake’s musical hype has been matched with sales; guess he can "thank" the fans now.
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