Breaking Biz

Ed Sheeran isn’t the only guy making and breaking records

Drake’s latest album, More Life, is predictably flying after its release March 18. More Life collected nearly 90 million streams globally in its first 24 hours on Apple Music, a new single-day record on that platform. Drizzy’s latest shot past 61 million global streams on Spotify, eclipsing the previous record holder, Ed Sheeran’s Divide, which clocked up 56.7 million on day 1.

According to Billboard, More Life nudged past 505,000 equivalent album sales for the biggest week for any album in the U.S. since Drake’s own Views managed 1.04 million units in a single cycle last May. The Canadian hip-hop star will end Ed Sheeran’s reign at the top of the new Billboard 200, dated April 8.

Success, it is said, has many parents. If that’s true, Drake’s new album has a blood relative from Australia in Hiatus Kaiyote. The Grammy-nominated future-soul act’s ‘Building a Ladder’ is sampled on More Life opening track ‘Free Smoke.’

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