Drake's 'Views' Still No. 1 on Billboard 200, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton Debut at Nos. 2 & 3
"Views" now has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist in over four years.
Drake’s Views refuses to budge from the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it nets a fourth straight week atop the list. It now has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist in over four years.
The last man to spend more time at No. 1 with an album was Michael Buble, who racked up five weeks (all consecutive) in the penthouse with his Christmas set (on the Dec. 10, 2011 -- Jan. 7, 2012-dated charts). What was the last non-holiday set by a man to spend longer at No. 1? Eminem's Recovery, with seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 between July and September in 2010.
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 11-dated chart (where Views remains at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Wednesday, June 1. (One day later than usual, due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 30.)
Views earned another 189,000 equivalent album units (down 21 percent) in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 50,000 were in traditional album sales (down 39 percent). Views is overwhelmingly powered by streams of its songs, as its SEA totaled 111,000 units for the week. (It gathered an additional 27,000 units in TEA.)
Views has been incredibly popular on streaming services. How popular? It owns the top four largest streaming weeks for an album ever: its debut frame (245.1 million streams for its tracks), its third week (186.1 million), its fourth -- and current -- week (166.2 million) and its second week (140.8 million).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart is Ariana Grande’s third full-length studio album, Dangerous Woman, which debuts with 175,000 equivalent album units (of which 129,000 are in traditional album sales).
Her first two albums -- Yours Truly in 2013 and My Everything in 2014 -- both bowed at No. 1. My Everything bowed with 169,000 copies sold in its first week.
Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest enters at No. 3 with 170,000 units and a sturdy 153,000 in traditional album sales. The latter sum makes Honest the best selling album of the week, and it debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart (which ranks the week’s highest selling albums in terms of pure album sales).
Honest is Shelton’s tenth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, and follows his 2015 greatest hits package Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (No. 5 debut and peak; 33,000 sold in its first week) and his last studio effort, 2014’s Bringing Back the Sunshine (No. 1; 101,000 sold). Honest logs Shelton’s best sales week for an album since 2013’s Based On a True Story… launched with 199,000 sold.
The top 10 on the new Billboard 200 is flush with debuts, as a total of five new entries dot the region.
Eric Clapton’s I Still Do is the third debut in the top 10, as it bows with 46,000 units at No. 6 (44,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the 16th top 10 album for the rock legend.
Fellow rock icon Bob Dylan enters at No. 7 with his latest set, Fallen Angels (42,000 units -- nearly all from traditional album sales). Dylan has now racked up a whopping 22 top 10 albums, which extends his record as the male artist with the most top 10s since 1963. (That was the year the chart combined its previous separate mono and stereo album charts into one all-encompassing weekly list.)
Meghan Trainor’s Thank You falls from No. 3 to No. 8 in its second chart week with 39,000 units (down 64 percent).
Adele’s 25 jumps back into the top 10, rising 15-9 with 36,000 units (up 39 percent). 25 benefits from buzz generated by the premiere of the music video for its new single, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” The clip launched on ABC TV’s broadcast of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22. The song re-enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 13 with 55,000 downloads sold (up 343 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is the second album from Mudcrutch, the simply titled 2, which starts with 33,000 units (32,000 in pure album sales). The group (which includes Tom Petty and his fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench) previously charted with their 2008 self-titled debut, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 with 38,000 copies sold.