According to stats released by Apple, Dr. Dre’s newest album has seen over 25 million streams in its first week. “Compton: A Soundtrack” is exclusively available through Apple and iTunes Music. The highly anticipated album also sold half a million times on iTunes.
This new album has been long awaited as loyal fans have seen 16 years pass since Dr. Dre’s last release. “Compton: A Soundtrack” includes 16 songs and features collaborations from Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and more. The success of this album through Apple is helping the company to promote Apple Music for artists.
In an interview with the New York Times, Jimmy Iovine stated, “We’re beginning to show what we can do in terms of communicating music to a worldwide audience and helping artists at the same time.” Jimmy Iovine,the co founder of Beats Electronics, later joined Apple when they acquired Beats for $3 billion last year.
Within the first week, the U.S. alone accounted for 11 million streams of the new album. By making use of Apple Music’s free trial, users can listen to the album as many times as they please without charge.
Despite its overwhelming success on iTunes, “Compton: A Soundtrack” isn’t expected to reach the top album spot on Billboard’s list. The chart is released today and country singer Luke Bryan is expected to top the list with the song “Kill the Lights”.
Fans may see the success of Dre’s new album increase significantly in a few weeks after the iTunes exclusivity runs out.
The Cupertino company has rights on the album for the first two weeks. After that, the album will be released from countless retailers and online markets which should increase its success.