Compton, which the 50 year-old rapper has dedicated to his Californian birthplace of the same name, outperformed its nearest competitors by over 28,000 combined chart sales, the Official Charts Company said.
The report noted that “in Apple Music’s first major test, the answer is a qualified yes”. When the world first heard the names Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the young musicians were considered outlaws as members of rap group N.W.A. Now they’re mainstream entertainment icons, reflecting changes in the two artists and in popular culture.
To keep up to date with Dr. Dre follow Music-News.com here. Apple executives reported the figures in a statement to The New York Times, but the publication did not specify whether the figure was made up from complete listens to the whole album, or includes people who listened to individual songs.
The album, announced on Dre’s own Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy“, on Apple Music, has been widely acclaimed by critics and now has a rating of 83/100 on Metacritic.
“In a comparison of Nielsen streaming data for a dozen popular albums, most had increases of 10 to 20 percent in the week that Apple Music’s numbers were first incorporated into the charts, but had flat results or even a loss the next week”.
In addition to the streams, Apple says the album also sold half a million downloads through iTunes-a solid performance that was not quite enough to push it to number one in the US charts. Once the 90-day trial subscription expires, users can continue enjoying the service for $10 a month, which is about the same rate as many other streaming services charge for their monthly subscription.