This is the streaming era, where bloated tracklists and tacking on old singles for numbers’ sake often reigns over quality. The latest to play the streaming game is OVO head honcho, Drake, who will be releasing his fifth studio album, his first double album, Scorpion, on June 29.
Per Chart Data, the record will be eligible for RIAA-Platinum certification upon release, based solely on the pre-release sales and streams of singles "God's Plan," "Nice For What" and "I'm Upset."
Perhaps more impressive, is that as a double album, clocking in at 25 total tracks, again per Chart Data, should the record exceed 100 minutes of runtime, it would be eligible for a double-Platinum certification.
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While 100 minutes seems high, consider the 81-minute runtimes of both Views and More Life, records that had 20 and 22 tracks respectively. An extra three or five songs, clocking in at three-and-a-half each is just a few seconds shy of taking us from 81 to 100.
Do fans want 100 minutes of Drake? Maybe so, but if there’s one takeaway from Kanye West’s seven-track G.O.O.D. Music run, it’s that less can certainly be more, especially in the case of a project as finely crafted as Pusha-T’s DAYTONA.
Scorpion could be Drake’s opus, his rebirth, or it could be 80 to 100 drab minutes or something in between. Regardless, as we’ve heard within the industry, Drake is Drake, he will be fine. And hey, any number of Platinum certifications upon release isn’t too shabby, either.