Drake's stealth release flies to top of Billboard chart

February 18, 2015 11:11 PM

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Drake's stealth release flies to top of Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hip-hop star Drake's surprise release "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, and helped relegate reigning queen Taylor Swift's "1989" to the No. 5 spot.

Taking a page from Beyonce's book, Drake released his album on iTunes last Friday with no advance warning and debuted with 535,000 sales units - 495,000 of which were albums, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan for the week ending Feb. 15.

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