(Drake on recording Take Care)
By Dionne Buxton
Drake is making “Headlines” with projections that his album sales will bump Mac Miller from the prized #1 spot on the music charts. Take Care is currently predicted to sell between 675,000 and 725,000 its its first week, putting Drake in the running for the third best first-week sales of 2011. The Young Money rapper is competing with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and, of course, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV which almost reached a million.
If the predictions are accurate, this will also gave Drake his second chart-topping album, after his 2010 debut Thank Me Later sold 447,000 copies in the first week. Take Care has been led by the singles “Headlines,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Make Me Proud,” all of which were passed through Drake’s in-house producer Noah “40” Shebib before they made the final cut for the album.
When MTV News caught up with the Young Money rapper before the record dropped, he explained that the new LP charts his personal growth and offers a different perspective from previous albums. “I have way more going on in my life, so I can never be that kid that wants it,” he said, referring to his state of mind on 2009’s So Far Gone mixtape. “I can’t, ’cause I have it, so I have to tell you now about having it. That’s just an evolution of a human being. Hopefully people can listen to my stories and accept that fact that life has changed for me.”