Drake becomes first artist to pass one million sales with 2015 album

'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' goes platinum

Drake is celebrating the news that his ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ album has become the first one released in 2015 to go platinum in the US.

Though technically classed as a mixtape, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ has been available commercially since February. The release includes the songs ‘Legend’ and ‘Energy’ with guest appearances coming from Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and Partynextdoor.

Billboard reports that, after selling 8,000 copies last week, ‘If You’re Reading This…’ has now shifted 1.007milllion units in the US.


Celebrating the landmark achievement, Drake posted a picture on Instagram alongside the comment: “Platinum off the tape. Views up next.” Views is a reference to ‘Views From The 6’, the title of Drake’s new album that is tentatively scheduled for release this year.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ has sold 1.463million copies in the US already this year, but it was released in October last year. Drake is the second artist to sell 1million copies of their album in 2015, but the first album released in this year to do so.

The landmark achievement follows Drake’s highly publicised dispute with rival Meek Mill, which began when Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics.

Drake addressed the dispute in two successive diss tracks (‘Charged Up’, ‘Back To Back’). After a period of silence, Meek Mill then released a response song of his own (‘Wanna Know’).

You can hear Drake’s two diss tracks below.


Listen to Meek Mill’s own diss track, ‘Wanna Know’, below.


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