It's been just over a week since Drake and Future gifted music lovers with their surprise collaborative album, "What a Time to Be Alive," and the rappers are already seeing unprecedented success. The album was first teased by Drake, 28, and Future, 31, on social media just days before its Sept. 20 release. Now, the numbers are in, and it seems it's a hit among fans.
Billboard magazine reports the album sold a whopping 375,000 album units in the first seven days. Of that total, 334,000 are said to be purely from album sales. In addition to selling an incredible number of copies, "WATTBA" landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which measures the most popular albums of each week. The album is the second No. 1 album for Drake and Future. Canadian-born Drake first took the top spot in February when he released "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late." And Future's album "DS2" took No. 1 just two months prior.
On Sept. 17, amid rumors of a collaboration between Drake and Future, a mysterious countdown clock popped up on the site putitallinaplasticbag.com. The clock claimed to show the remaining hours, minutes and seconds until "WATTBA" was released. It appears, however, that the clock was wrong. It claimed that the album would be available for listening Sept. 18 at 11 p.m. EDT. Drake dispelled those rumors Sept. 19, sharing the album art, title and release date via Instagram. Future also got in on the action by tweeting the title to his followers.
___ The Future and Drake mixtape is real and it's coming soon! ___ pic.twitter.com/iMplJTpmK2
— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) September 19, 2015
WHAT A TIME TO B ALIVE
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) September 19, 2015
Rumors about the album first cropped up on Sept. 10 when Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club" host Angela Yee teased the rappers' collaboration. She declined to go into detail about the secret album. DJ Skee, who also works at the popular Clear Channel radio station, took to Twitter later that day to further confirm Yee's statements, telling fans it was "still coming."
— Angela Yee (@angelayee) September 11, 2015
Damn 2 people are about to break the internet tomorrow with this mixtape coming out of left field...
— DJ Skee (@djskee) September 10, 2015