13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Drake Dominates & Ed Sheeran Stays in Top 'Shape'

Drake performs in 2016
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Drake performs at Staples Center on Sept. 7, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Drake had himself a massive week on Billboard's charts. The hip-hop superstar blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his latest album More Life, which started with 505,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music -- the best start for a set since his last album, 2016's Views. More Life also set a new weekly streaming record for its songs.

Plus, all 22 tracks from More Life hit the Billboard Hot 100, helping Drake set records for the most all-time entries among soloists and the most songs (and debuts) that an artist has charted in any week in the Hot 100's history. All that action also helped Drake return to No. 1 on the Artist 100 chart.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran earned a ninth week atop the Hot 100 with "Shape of You," which continues to lead the chart in all metrics (streaming, airplay and sales).

Here are 13 more things you should know about Billboard's charts this week:

1. More More Life: Drake's album is set for its second week atop the Billboard 200. Plus, Trey Songz's Tremaine is aiming for a top five debut on the survey. Click here to read the full article.

2. Lady Gaga's Joanne has hit 500,000 in album sales since its release. Plus, Chuck Berry notches his first top 40 album on the Billboard 200 since 1972, while Pitbull, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gary Clark Jr. debut with new releases. Click here to read the full recap.

3. Radio Gaga: Lady Gaga's ballad "Million Reasons," from Joanne, continues to soar on Billboard's airplay charts, possibly marking the return of more vocalist-focused hit music. Click here to read the full write-up.

4. On the Hot 100, Zedd and Alessia Cara's "Stay" leaps 27-21. Plus, other collabs debut: Machine Gun Kelly's "At My Best," featuring Hailee Steinfeld, and Jason Derulo's "Swalla," featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Click here to read the full rundown.

5. On this week's Chart Beat Podcast, Atlantic Records senior vp of promotion John McMann stops by to talk about Ed Sheeran's success and offers insights about the potential next singles from Sheeran's ÷ album. Click here to listen.

6. Who drops by this week's Pop Shop Podcast to talk about her new album release, The Valley? Betty Who (that's who). Click here to listen.

7. Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4" storms to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart. Plus, Zayn's latest effort, featuring PARTNEXTDOOR, premieres at No. 2, Gorillaz step in with three entries from their forthcoming album, and Iggy Azalea's new single enters at No. 6. Click here to read the full recap.

8. Rihanna lands her 29th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, the second-most by an act since the chart's 1976 inception, with "Sex With Me." The track is the fifth chart-topper from her album ANTI. Click here to read the full article.

9. Rick Ross bows at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and earns his 10th top 10 with his latest set Rather You Than Me. Click here to read the full story.

10. I guess it's safe to say we … "just can't get enough" of Depeche Mode. The veteran rock group debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with Spirit. Click here to read the full post.

11. As Godsmack's cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" debuts at No. 33 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, Billboard looks back on other notable charted versions of the classic song. Click here to read the item.

12. Alejandro Fernandez scores his sixth No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart with Rompiendo Fronteras. The coronation matches the No. 1 total of his father, Vicente Fernandez. Click here to read the full article.

13. Florida Georgia Line leads the Hot Tours chart, with more than $10 million earned from 17 concerts this year. Click here to read the full tally.


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