Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album is projected to sell between 660,000 and 670,000 copies its first week in stores, according to the huffingtonpost.com. The Neilsen SoundScan that includes albums released September 24, which include Nothing Was The Same, is scheduled to be released tomorrow (October 2).
If Nothing Was The Same meets the sales projections, the third studio album from the Toronto singer-rapper would earn the second-highest album sales figure of the year, behind only Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which sold 968,000 units during its first week in stores in March.
If Nothing Was The Same fulfills the sales expectations, it would be Drake’s third #1 album and it would have the best-selling first week of his three studio albums. His 2010 debut album, Thank Me Later, sold 447,000 copies its first week in stores, while 2011′s Take Care moved 631,000 units.
Yesterday (September 30), Drake was announced as host, business partner and consultant for the Toronto Raptors NBA franchise beginning with the 2014-15 season. In his new role, the rapper-singer will help the team redesign its logos, colors, uniforms and image. He will also help launch a clothing line with the Raptors and will likely play a role with the team during the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Toronto.
“Everywhere I go, I realize how culturally diverse it is here,” said Drake during this week’s press conference about his new position with the Raptors. “What a melting pot it is…There’s something genuine about this city. There’s something great. I think aside from that with All-Star coming here there’s an untapped nightlife, restaurants, culture. There’s so much to soak in and I think that our goal is in 2016 to truly showcase that, not only for the players, but also for everybody.”