UPDATE 2 (July 6): Scorpion has moved approximately 750k copies in the first week. Lookout for the official Soundscan numbers on Sunday. The album has also scored 770 million streams in the first week, topping the previous best of 431 million from Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys.
UPDATE (July 2): The projects have now been revised to 725-775k SPS and 150-160k in pure sales.
Ever since Drake dropped Scorpion on Friday at midnight, it feels like the world has been talking about it non-stop. The album has already shattered both Apple Music and Spotify’s opening day streaming records and we won’t be surprised when a bunch more break.
Before the LP even dropped a lot of people were taking bets on how many copies the album might sell first week, with many predicting that magic million mark, especially considering its length. Now the first week sales projections for the album have arrived.
Scorpion is set to move 870k–920k copies first week with 275k–300k pure sales, falling just shy of the 1m mark. Of course, the #1 spot next week is pretty secure. Stay tuned for updates.
Keep in mind that Scorpion is one of the first albums which has been impacted by the new streaming rules for Billboard 200 chart. From here on, streams from paid subscriptions will be given higher weightage to those streams which come from free subscriptions like Spotify’s free tier. 1250 streams of an album will equal 1 sale in case of the former while on a free plan, 3750 streams will be needed to constitute an album unit.