Chance the Rapper, a major contributor and host to Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s fantastic new album Surf, just Tweeted the following:
Its 618,000 iTunes downloads (and staggering 10.1 million track downloads) gives Surf the biggest debut week of 2015, in terms of sheer volume. To compare, Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late sold about 498,000 copies in its first chart-week (only 3 full days—it was released on a Friday and the chart-week ends on Sunday).
Of course, it’s not actually fair to compare the two. Drake sold his album for $13 and Chance’s new album was given away for free. A stunning fact, considering Surf is not a mixtape-quality, for-fans-only release. It’s a full-blooded, Album.
Still, in just a week, 618,000 people decided they wanted to own Chance the Rapper’s long-awaited follow-up to Acid Rap. He’s still not attached to a major label, but it’s safe to say Chance has joined the big kids table.