Dr. Dre’s Compton Notches 25 Millions Streams in 1st Week

Iconic rapper Dr. Dre pulled in 25 million streams for his latest album, Compton, in the set’s first week of release. Dre’s first full-length in sixteen years also garnered about half a million downloads as an Apple exclusive release. Compton is loosely tied to the film, Straight Outta Compton, a biographical pic that portrays the early years of NWA, the rap outfit in which Dre got his start. With Dre being a key part of Apple Music, the album was released only on iTunes and Apple Music. In fact, there still has been no word about when the album will make its debut on other streaming services or when physical copies might end up in stores.

While 25 million streams for a digital-only release is impressive, the figure falls short of a pair of online releases from hip-hop artists earlier this year. Kendrick Lamar picked up 39 million streams when he dropped To Pimp a Butterfly in March, and Canada’s Drake pulled in an eye-popping 48 million streams with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in February. Of course, those albums were released on a number of download and streaming services, while Compton was only available to iTunes and Apple Music customers.