Although Drake's newest album "Views" was only available on iTunes and Apple Music for one week, under the terms of the company's exclusivity deal with the artist, the album managed to sell more than one million copies in just five days, which The Wall Street Journal calls "a rare achievement in an age of rapid streaming growth and declining sales of downloads and CDs."

Most of those sales numbers -- 632,000 copies to be exact -- came within the first 24 hours of release, with the rest trickling over the one million mark in the subsequent days. The figures specifically target sales for the $13.99 iTunes copy of Views, but Apple Music showed some impressive streaming statistics for Drake's new album, as well.

In total, Views was streamed more than 250 million times worldwide, 200 million of which were inside the United States, suggesting Apple Music managed to get some of the artist's fans to sign up for the service beyond its current 13 million paid subscribers.

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The results fly in the face of industry fears that paid streaming services might hasten the continuing decline of music sales, which have fallen by more than 60% in the past 15 years, according to data from Nielsen. While that could still eventually happen, plenty of fans purchased the $13.99 Drake album last week even though they could also access it immediately, along with some 30 million other tracks, by subscribing to Apple Music for $9.99 a month—or even just by signing up for a free trial.

As Drake's album launched on April 29, his record label’s parent company, Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, went to work keeping any traces of pirated songs and videos off of sites like YouTube. According to sources within the industry, the new trend of exclusivity deals between artists and streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal, has led to a renewed crackdown on pirated music. Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group alone has spent "millions of dollars a year" going through a similar process with other big releases.

Drake has been one of the headline artists representing Apple Music since it was first announced last year at WWDC. Since then, the singer has hosted 20 episodes of his own Beats 1 Radio show, OVO Sound, partnered with Apple Music to sponsor his Summer Sixteen tour, and had some of his songs featured in ads for the streaming music service.

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Jsameds Avatar
75 months ago
Music is so incredibly bad now-a-days, people are happy with scraps.
^^ Every generation says this about the generation before.
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69Mustang Avatar
75 months ago
^^ Every generation says this about the generation before.
This is so true. Little known fact: Cave paintings in Chauvet and Lascaux depict Paleolithic people complaining that Mesolithic music lacks the soul of the stuff they listened to as kids. Too much bass.:D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
75 months ago
This is so true. Little known fact: Cave paintings in Chauvet and Lascaux depict Paleolithic people complaining that Mesolithic music lacks the soul of the stuff they listened to as kids. Too much bass.:D
Back when rock music was made with actual rocks ha
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChrisA Avatar
75 months ago
^^ Every generation says this about the generation before.
Not true. I teach in a high school and you can not believe the number of kids who have tee-shirts of bands from the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Lots of Beatles and Pink Floyd t-***** on any given day. I've never seen a kid with an Adel t-shirt.

Todays generation is looking back to the bater days of music that their parents know. and are listening to the current stuff too.

The reason we think the old music was better is because we can "cherry pick" the past. We only remember the one in 100 best bands and tracks and forget the junk.

Politicians do this to. They say "make America great again" but really what was it like back then? In the 50's women had a choice of getting married or living on poverty (the pay was much more un-even back then) and black people had to ride in the back of the bus or worse and they were drafting his and sending them to Vietnam to die by the tens of thousands and "for what purpose?" Not many people want to go back to those days except for the few good things they remember. Same with music most of the crud on the radio was just crud that we forgot about.
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newyorksole Avatar
75 months ago
He deserves it. It's a good album. Took a couple listens for me to really like it.
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2010mini Avatar
75 months ago
Good news for Apple. Shows people are still interested in purchasing music.
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