On the Charts: Drake Notches 11th Week at Number One
Drake's Views continued at Number One for the 11th time in 12 weeks, on the Billboard 200. Views has now spent more weeks atop the Billboard 200 than Adele's 25, and it's matched Taylor Swift's 1989 for the longest Number One tenure in recent years, Billboard reports.
Views chalked up another 89,000 total copies this week, likely due to streaming. The vast majority – 64 percent – of "copies sold" came from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs) that convert streaming numbers into album sales. Views also became just the eighth LP in the past 20 years to notch 11 weeks at Number One.
At Number Two, Needtobreathe's new album HardLove sold 50,000 total copies to establish a new chart high for that South Carolina band. Needtobreathe's previous effort, Rivers in the Wasteland, debuted at Number Three and sold 49,000 copies in 2014.
Only one other new release – Kidz Bop 32 at Number Nine – cracked the Billboard 200's Top 10, which was populated by many of the same albums that have hung around all summer: Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface at Number Three, Rihanna's Anti at Number Four and the Hamilton Broadway cast recording at Number Five.
The Epic AF compilation (Six), Adele's 25 (Seven) and Beyoncé's Lemonade (Eight) rounded out the Top 10, while last week's Number Two album, Schoolboy Q's Blank Face, dropped to Number 10 with 28,000 copies in its second week on the charts.
Next week should mark Drake's 12th week at Number One unless Gucci Mane's post-prison LP Everybody Looking manages to dethrone the stalwart Views.