On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Views’ Stays Number One for Fifth Straight Week
Drake‘s Views continued its reign atop the Billboard 200, locking down the Number One spot for a fifth consecutive week on the strength of record-breaking streaming totals.
The rapper’s latest LP sold another 152,000 total copies in its fifth week of release; however, 92,000 of that total came from “stream equivalent albums,” or SEAs, resulting from the approximately 138 million times Views was streamed in the past week. As Billboard notes, Views‘ chart-topping first five weeks on the Billboard 200 now correlate with the top five largest streaming weeks for an album.
For the second consecutive week, Drake held the top spot despite being traditionally outsold by a country artist. Last week, Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest outsold Views but had to settle for Number Three, and this week Dierks Bentley’s Black was Views‘ latest victim. Bentley did establish personal chart highs by debuting at Number Two with 101,000 copies, 88,000 of which were from traditional album sales.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade slid up from Number Four last week to Number Three, selling 5,000 copies more than this week’s Number Four, Fifth Harmony’s 7/27. The girl group sold 74,000 copies in its first week to slightly better the Number Five debut of their first LP Reflection in 2015. Shelton’s If I’m Honest rounded out the Top Five.
Other than Bentley and Fifth Harmony, only one more new release penetrated the Top 10: Flume’s Skin, which entered the Billboard 200 at Number Eight and 31,000 copies. That’s a significant improvement for the Australian producer whose self-titled debut in 2012 didn’t even crack the Billboard 200.
The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out by Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman (Number Six), Rihanna’s Anti (Seven), Adele’s 25 (Nine) and Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface (Number 10).
With no major new releases this week to challenge Drake for the Billboard 200 throne, expect Views to bump its Number One streak to six weeks.