Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” Reaches Double Platinum

MUSIC NEWS - Karen Smith Post

Drake enters the new year as the first hip hop star to have a double platinum album with “CLB.”

Whenever the Toronto rapper released music, it is a huge reaction from fans as was the case with “Certified Lover Boy” over the summer. Drake is always expected to hit millions of streams and he never disappoints despite the chances of doing it every release is harder than it looks.

Drake dropped Certified Lover Boy within days of Kanye West‘s Donda album. Yet, the two most anticipated albums of the year had Drake ranking ahead of Kanye’s well received album.

For nearly two months after its release, CLB hovered around the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart after debuting at No. 1. Within a month of the release, CLB earned RIAA Platinum status.

Now, less than half a year later, the album has doubled that achievement, reaching 2x Platinum status. Chart Data announced that this is the first album in the rap category from 2021 to gain this status: “@Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ has now sold over 2 million total units in the US. It’s the only 2021 rap album to reach this milestone.”

The only other rap album from 2021 in the top 10 for sales numbers is The Kid LAROI’s project F**k Love, according to Billboard. So, while 2021 was a year that gave us albums from Kanye, J. Cole, Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples and many more iconic hip-hop figures, pop artists like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Adele still eclipsed most of them in sales.