Iconic rappers Kanye West and Drake released their albums DONDA and Certified Lover Boy respectively in the past two weeks. with only one week seperating the high profile projects’ debut, fans were always going to pit them against eachother.
Many have theorized that because of Drake’s worldwide pull, he would have an easy time beating Kanye in the first-week sales department, and they were apparently correct because, according to Rolling Stone’s metrics, Drake’s CLB is wining the early bout.
Certified Lover Boy surpassed DONDA’s eight-day streaming totals in only three days.
Between Friday and Sunday, CLB saw 430 million on-demand audio streams in the United States, whereas DONDA had under 423 million streams in its first eight days.
Despite Drake seemingly taking the upper hand in streaming, Kanye’s album appears to have been the more well-received project, with social media raving over DONDA. Kanye also broke multiple records with his performance on the album.
Two of the songs from DONDA, “Hurricane” and “Off The Grid,” debuted within the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 this week, and “Hurricane” has officially been chosen as the first single from the album, so it’s possible that radio play might push Kanye over the edge in the long-run.