Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Drake's 'Views' Tracks Surpass 1 Billion U.S. Streams

Caitlin Cronenberg
Drake photographed in 2016.

On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 11) Drake’s Views held firm at No. 1 for a fourth straight week (the longest run at No. 1 for a man since 2012), earning another 189,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. Elsewhere in the top 10, five new albums bowed in the region, led by Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman at No. 2 and Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest at No. 3.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

Drake, Views – No. 1 – As previously noted, Views is a streaming powerhouse, and currently owns the four largest streaming weeks for an album. In total, the album’s tracks have now generated more than 1 billion on-demand audio streams in the U.S. — 1.07 billion to be more exact. (The latest tracking week pushed the album over the 1 billion mark, as it added more than 160 million streams to its total tally.) Comparably, other albums with more than a billion streams include Justin Bieber’s Purpose (1.38 billion on-demand audio streams for its tracks), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (1.31 billion) and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (1.06 billion). (To be clear, these are a sampling of albums with a billion streams for their tracks -- this list does not represent every album with a billion streams.)

Adele, 25 – No. 9 — The album jumps 15-9 to collect its 24th nonconsecutive week in the top 10. Her last album, 21, spent a whopping 84 weeks in the top 10 – the second-most weeks in the region since 1963 (when the chart merged its previously separate mono and stereo album chart tallies into one overall weekly albums list). The album with the most weeks in the top 10 since 1963 is the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, with 109 weeks.

DNCE, Swaay (EP) – No. 55 — Thanks in part to the band’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards (May 22), the set vaults 20 spots to No. 55 with 44 percent unit gain (rising to 11,000 units for the week). The group performed the album’s “Cake By the Ocean” on the show, and the track zooms 27-17 on the Digital Songs chart (48,000 downloads sold, up 41 percent) and re-enters the Streaming Songs chart at No. 45 (6.6 million streams, up 4 percent).

Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley – No. 99 — Ziggy Marley’s new self-titled album bows at No. 99 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart. It’s the artist’s fifth No. 1 on the latter list, and marks his fourth consecutive studio album to top the chart. The set starts with 6,000 units earned on the Billboard 200 chart, of which 5,000 were in pure album sales. In total, the Marley family has scored 29 of the 173 No. 1s on the Reggae Albums chart since the list launched on Feb. 5, 1994. In addition to Ziggy, the other Marley family members with chart topping sets are Ziggy’s brothers Damian, Ky-Mani and Stephen, and of course their father, Bob Marley.

Barenaked Ladies, BNL Rocks Red Rocks – No. 101 — The band collects its 15th charting album on the Billboard 200 with its new live effort, as it earned 6,000 units for the week (nearly all from traditional album sales).