NOTHING WAS THE SAME was born out of the crushing weight of necessity, ego, and self-realization. Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, was a commercial and critical success, but the project did very little to quiet his many detractors. It was a behemoth record indebted to the city of Toronto and distilled Drake into his purest form — a man full of visceral, potent, and conflicting emotions. Therefore, his third studio album sought to dramatically fix the perceived mistakes of Take Care. NWTS came in at a leaner 15 tracks in contrast to his second album’s 19. The testosterone was ratcheted up to epic proportions on breakout songs like “Started from the Bottom” and “Worst Behavior.” Even the pop songs, like “Hold On, We’re Going Home” were manufactured with a sheen that escaped some of Drake’s previous radio-ready singles.
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The result was a debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and 658,000 copies sold in the first week. NWTS became the seventh best selling album in the U.S. in 2013, with 1,344,000 units sold. Five years later, it is certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.