Drake's 'Views' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200, Meghan Trainor Debuts at No. 3
Drake’s Views stays steady atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the album racks up a third straight week at No. 1. Views earned another 239,000 equivalent album units (down 24 percent) in the week ending May 19 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 83,000 were in traditional album sales (down 53 percent).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 4-dated chart (where Views is No. 1 for a third week) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, May 24.
Views is the first album to spend three consecutive weeks at No. 1 since January, when Adele’s 25 wrapped a seven-week run atop the list (of its 10 total nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).
Views scored another stellar week with streaming services, as the album’s tracks earned 186.1 million streams. That’s up a big 32 percent compared to the previous week (140.8 million). The jump is owed to how the album became widely available to all streaming services on May 13, following two weeks of exclusivity with Apple Music.
Views now owns the top three largest streaming weeks for an album: its debut frame (245.1 million streams for its tracks), its third week (186.1 million) and its second week (140.8 million). In fourth and fifth place on that list are the debut weeks of of Beyonce’s Lemonade (115.2 million streams) and Justin Bieber’s Purpose (100.4 million).
After only three weeks, Views has accumulated 572 million streams for its tracks.
Speaking of Lemonade, the album stays put at No. 2 for another week, tallying 128,000 units for the week (down 37 percent), with another 92,000 copies sold (down 40 percent). Lemonade was the week’s best selling album, and ranks at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.
Coming in at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 is Meghan Trainor’s second full-length album, Thank You, launching with 107,000 units (84,000 in pure album sales). The set follows her Title debut, which bowed at No. 1 in January of 2015 with 238,000 units and 195,000 copies sold.
The new album was led by the single “No,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and marked the singer/songwriter’s fourth top 10-charting hit. The album’s second single, “Me Too,” is gaining steam on top 40 radio, and may debut on the new Pop Songs airplay chart dated June 4.
Thank You is Trainor’s third top 15-charting effort, following her Title EP (which peaked at No. 15 in September of 2014) and the full-length Title.
Rock band Pierce the Veil claims its highest charting album ever, and best sales week yet, as Misadventures bows at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,000 in traditional album sales). The group’s previous largest week came when its last album, 2012’s Collide With the Sky, launched at No. 12 with 27,000 sold.
Rihanna’s Anti climbs 7-5 with just over 44,000 units (down 8 percent), Keith Urban’s Ripcord slips 4-6 with 44,000 units (down 59 percent) and Prince’s The Very Best of Prince falls 5-7 with 42,000 units (down 46 percent).
Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book makes a sizzling streaming-only debut, as the album bows at No. 8 with 38,000 units. The independently released set’s tracks generated 57.3 million streams. Coloring Book was released on May 13, exclusively via the Apple Music streaming service, and marks the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 solely from streams.
The set will remain exclusive to Apple Music until May 27, with it becomes available to other streaming services. There are no announced plans to release the album for sale.
It’s worth noting that while Coloring Book is the first album to chart on the list entirely from streams, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo’s units are almost entirely driven by streams. The album is currently in its seventh week on the list, and in the latest tracking week, 99.93 percent of its units (21,000) were generated by streams. The other .07 percent were album sales. The set sold a handful of copies in the latest tracking frame, and hasn’t sold more than 1,000 copies in a week since its second chart week.
Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool descends 3-9 in its second week, earning 34,000 units (down 81 percent).
Jennifer Nettles’ second album, Playing With Fire, lights up at No. 10, debuting with 33,000 units (31,000 in pure album sales). The singer’s first solo effort, That Girl, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2014 with 54,000 sold in its first week.
Of course, Nettles is also part of the country act Sugarland, which has tallied six charting albums -- four of which reached the top 10. And, of those top 10 sets, three hit No. 1: Love on the Inside, Live on the Inside, and The Incredible Machine.