Drake’s new set Scorpion has become the first album to hit 1 billion streams globally across all streaming platforms in a single week, industry sources have confirmed to Billboard.
In all, Scorpion‘s tracks accumulated more than 1 billion streams globally in the most recent tracking week (June 29-July 5), the set’s first week available, making it the first album to reach the milestone. Previously, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys held the global record with just under 700 million streams (April 27-May 3), according to industry insiders.
Additionally, Scorpion scored over 750 million streams U.S.-only in its first seven days, according to sources, likewise smashing the domestic record set by Post Malone’s beerbongs (431.3 million, according to Nielsen Music). As previously reported, Scorpion broke beerbongs‘ record in just its first three days by tallying 435 million U.S. streams from June 29 through July 1. Beerbongs achieved that total over its first seven days, April 27-May 3.
Meanwhile, Drake was captured on social media over the past few weeks doing a series of good deeds, and today he revealed that it was all for his “God’s Plan” video. He took the budget for his video ($996,631.90) and gave it away to families, schools, charities, and more in the Miami area. It’s all captured by the Toronto-based Karena Evans a protege of Director X.
The idea of Drake paying his success forward goes along with the song’s theme, which addresses the idea of his success as part of “God’s plan” for him:
God’s plan, God’s plan
I hold back, sometimes I won’t, yuh
I feel good, sometimes I don’t, ayy, don’t
I finessed down Weston Road, ayy, ‘nessed
“God’s Plan” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this month, becoming the rapper’s second No. 1 single after “One Dance.” It has currently spent three weeks at the top of the charts, and doesn’t look like it will be falling , down anytime soon.
The song is part of his two-track EP Scary Hour, appearing alongside “Diplomatic Immunity.” They represent Drake’s first new music since “Signs” in April 2017, and fans are hoping they’re also the first taste of Drake’s next album, which seems likely to drop sometime this year. He also appeared on Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB’s new single “Look Alive” this month