Drake's 'Views' Rules at No. 1 for Fifth Week on Billboard 200 Chart
Plus: Dierks Bentley and Fifth Harmony earn their highest charting albums ever.
Drake’s Views continues to dominate the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it spends a fifth consecutive week at No. 1 atop the list. As noted a week ago, Views has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a man since Michael Buble’s Christmas also led the chart for five weeks in December 2011-January 2012.
Views earned another 152,000 equivalent album units (down 19 percent) in the week ending June 2, according to Nielsen Music. More than half of that sum, 92,000 units, were comprised of streaming equivalent albums.
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 18-dated chart (where Views remains at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, June 7.
Views’ 92,000 SEA units equates to nearly 138 million streams for the album’s tracks (as each SEA unit represents 1,500 streams from an album).
With Views’ latest streaming haul, the set now has the top five largest streaming weeks for an album: its debut frame holds the record (245.1 million streams for its tracks), followed by its third week (186.1 million), its fourth week (166.2 million), its second week (140.8 million), and then its fifth frame (137.5 million).
In the latest tracking week, Views sold 37,000 in traditional album sales, which places it at No. 5 on the Top Album Sales chart. The list ranks the best selling albums of the week.
Back on the Billboard 200, Dierks Bentley scores his highest charting album ever with the No. 2 debut of Black (101,000 units; 88,000 in traditional album sales). The album also logs his best sales week yet, and marks his eighth top 10 effort. It also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.
The No. 2 arrival on the Billboard 200 exceeds Bentley’s previous high of No. 3 with 2009’s Feel That Fire. And, in terms of sales, Black’s bow trumps Bentley’s former biggest week: 82,000 when Long Trip Alone debuted at No. 5 in 2006.
Bentley has charted 10 albums on the Billboard 200, stretching back to his self-titled debut effort in 2003, which peaked at No. 26.
Black was led by the single “Somewhere on a Beach,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, beginning April 30. It marked Bentley’s first No. 1 on the chart since 2012’s “5-1-5-0.”
Beyonce’s former No. 1, Lemonade, rises one rung to No. 3 with 79,000 units (down 20 percent).
Fifth Harmony earns its highest charting album yet, as 7/27 flies in at No. 4 with 74,000 units (49,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the quintet’s third top 10 album, following 2015’s Reflection (No. 5 peak) and 2013’s Better Together EP (No. 6).
7/27’s lead single, “Work From Home,” recently became the act’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 – and has so far peaked at No. 4.
Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest slips 3-5 on the new Billboard 200 with 63,000 units (down 63 percent), while Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman falls 2-6 with 50,000 units (down 72 percent). Rihanna’s Anti descends 5-7 with 42,000 units (down 11 percent).
Electronic artist Flume debuts at No. 8 with his second studio album, Skin. The set launches with 31,000 units (18,000 in pure album sales). It’s the first charting album on the list for the 24-year-old Australian act (real name: Harley Streten), who saw his eponymous debut effort peak at No. 12 on both the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and the Heatseekers Albums chart in 2014. The album went on to sell 73,000 copies.
The new album was ushered in by the single “Never Be Like You,” which has so far peaked at No. 5 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and is also his first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs airplay charts.