On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Views’ Recaptures Number One
An influx of new releases – including albums from Usher, Mac Miller and Staind's Aaron Lewis – debuted in the Top 10 this week, but none of them could prevent Drake's Views from returning to Number One after seven weeks out of the top spot.
Drake needed only 53,000 total copies – with the vast majority coming from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs – to regain Number One for the 13th non-consecutive week. Views last topped the Billboard 200 in July.
As Billboard notes, the last time an album waited that long between Number One finishes was Mumford & Sons' Babel in 2013; after topping the charts, that LP loitered for 13 weeks before reclaiming the top spot.
Miller's The Divine Feminine finished the week at Number Two with 48,000 total copies. Charts-wise, that's an improvement over the Number Four debut of the rapper's GO:OD AM in 2015, although that album sold 87,000 copies in its debut week. The Suicide Squad soundtrack followed at Number Three, one spot ahead of Lewis' Sinner.
Usher also hit the charts with a thud as his Hard II Love debuted at Number Five and only 38,000 copies. By comparison, the singer's Looking 4 Myself debuted at Number One with opening week sales of 128,000 copies. Hard II Love also became the first Usher LP since 2001's 8701 to not debut atop the Billboard 200, ending the singer's streak of four chart-topping albums.
Last week's Number One, Jason Aldean's They Don't Know dipped to Number Six, where it was followed by Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Seven), Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface (Eight), Casting Crowns' The Very Next Thing (Nine) and Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots (Number 10).