No, he's saying literally: The article is about Drake's first week sales, aka his only sales up to that point, so yes, his total sales = his first week sales. Republic is touting that Drake sold 1 Million albums because Billboard confirmed he sold 1 Million albums in his first week and doesn't care if purists think a stream isn't valid enough to count towards a sale. It's 2016. We should be beyond "OKAY BUT IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY SELL THAT MANY PHYSICAL CD'S!" weird fear-mongering and clickbait. Also, more take-down of their points: Again, those drops are typical of Drake and every rap artist (and even pop artist, since indie/rock/country fans buy albums just as a consumer trend, while other genres focus on singles and streaming). Nothing Was the Same Week 1: 657,922 Week 2: 147,812 - 78% Drop Week 3: 82,843 - 44% Drop Take Care Week 1: 630,571 Week 2: 172,765 - 72% Drop Week 3: 90,175 - 48% Drop He seems to have done.. no research? about this, as he claims all 245 Million streams that week come from Apple Music when all of Drake's singles (One Dance, Pop Style, and Hotline Bling) were available on all streaming services and did 25.56 Million between those three songs on only Spotify that week. So let's be very conservative and say that those three songs maybe did another 5~ Million combined total across Tidal, Google Play, etc. and claim that 215 Million streams in his first week were from just Apple Music. In its 2nd week, VIEWS did 186 Million streams total and at least 53~ Million of that came from Spotify. Let's again be very conservative and say the total streams for all 20 tracks did 10~ Million across all other platforms from Tidal to Google Play, etc. Apple Music Plays: Week 1 - 215 Million Week 2 - 123 Million What's... so odd about those figures? That's a nearly 43% drop? Isn't the author saying Drake SHOULD be dropping across all metrics since his pure sales are dropping? The complete dismissal of Tidal, for some reason, is odd, because when LEMONADE can do 110+ Million in a single week and The Life of Pablo can do 90+ Million in a single week, and the platform itself is geared towards rap music, it'd be odd to exclude those possible figures. LEMONADE's total streams (so... all of its streams via Tidal) amount around to 400-450 Million, so it's not like people aren't using these services. So if an album like LEMONADE can produce 450 Million streams in less than 3 months, and if Apple Music is measurably larger than Tidal, why is it odd to think an album like VIEWS could do around 600-700 Million streams, with a measurably larger number of tracks (almost double), 4 huge measurable hits, and it - again - being a much more used platform than Tidal? The idea that Apple Music is fudging Drake's figures relies on the idea that not only are they faking figures, but also Tidal is faking figures, and that Nielsen sees this data and accepts it and has been accepting it for months, despite them having analytics in place to make sure no weird data and figures gets through. The article has iffy figures it's sourcing in parts and is odd because it's seemingly do all of this (with its angry fedora rage) because.... it wants to prove VIEWS isn't Purple Rain? (Though this is a man who has a whole article of angry!!! rage!!! over the usage of the phrase "streaming equivalents"). Apple Music and Tidal should release their figures and make them public, but because data is important and interesting and you can never have too much. The idea that there's some evil streaming inflation scheme ruining the purist days, when y'know, labels would fucking buy albums themselves, switch out barcodes themselves, and have "Music Clubs" where they just started sending out albums to people and inflating figures with these strategies is.... funny. This chart made me scream: Shocker - most people don't buy albums or, y'know, even actively consume music. Only 10%~ of the country's population, AT MOST, owns Thriller (if you're under the naive belief that every single sale was by a unique, individual buyer). What a flop.