On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Views’ Number One for Ninth Straight Week
After nearly being dethroned from atop the Billboard 200 last week, Drake‘s Views notched its ninth consecutive week at the Number One spot, and it wasn’t even close as the week’s Number Two album, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, “sold” less than half the number of Views this week.
Views‘ string of nine weeks at Number One have largely been bolstered by the rapper’s historic streaming totals, and of Drake’s 111,000 total copies sold this week, 67,000 of those came from SEAs, or streaming equivalent albums, Billboard reports.
Drake also became the first male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992 to spend nine straight weeks atop the Billboard 200; the country singer’s Some Gave All eventually spent 17 straight weeks at Number One. And as impressive as Adele’s 25 run was atop the Billboard 200 at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016, the singer’s smash LP never spent nine consecutive weeks at Number One, although it has significantly outsold Views; Adele’s 21 in 2012 was the last album to remain Number One for nine straight weeks.
Lemonade, a distant Number Two, ended the week with an additional 48,000 copies. The week’s highest debut came from the Avett Brothers, whose True Sadness bowed in at Number Three and 46,000 copies. Although that’s the best debut for the Avett Brothers number-wise, it’s a drop from the 58,000 copies the band’s previous LP Magpie and the Dandelion sold in its Number Four debut week in 2013. True Sadness was the only new release to crack the Top 10.
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface, Rihanna’s Anti and the Hamilton cast recording grabbed Number Four, Five and Six, while Adele’s 25 snuck back into the Top 10 at Number Seven thanks to that album’s availability on streaming services starting this week. Epic AF, a compilation containing a pair of new DJ Khaled tracks, placed Number Eight, followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway at Nine and Meghan Trainor’s Thank You at 10.