Drake's 'Views' Spends Eighth Week in a Row at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Drake’s Views continues to reign atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the set spends an eighth consecutive week at No. 1. The album debuted in the penthouse, and has yet to depart the No. 1 slot. In the week ending June 23, it earned another 124,000 equivalent album units (up 2 percent). Of that sum, 33,000 were in pure album sales (up 25 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 July 9-dated chart (where Views is No. 1 for an eighth week) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, June 28.
Views’ popularity is still driven largely by the streams of its tracks, as its SEA units for the week totaled 70,000. (In turn, that number equates to 105.1 million streams for the songs on the album -- as each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams.)
Still, Views earned a significant sales gain -- its first weekly sales increase -- thanks to sale pricing of the album at digital retailers late in the tracking week. At sellers like iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Play, the album’s price was lowered to $6.99. (It was a promotion Drake’s record label, Republic Records, advertised via Twitter.)
Views has the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 by any album since the Frozen soundtrack racked eight straight weeks (out of its 13 total at No. 1) between March 29 and May 17, 2014.
Views is also just the fourth hip-hop album to spend at least eight weeks at No. 1. It joins The Marshall Mathers LP, Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme (16 weeks in 1990 and 1991) and M.C. Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em (21 weeks in 1990).
Views steps ahead of the following hip-hop efforts with seven weeks at No. 1: Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill (which ruled in 1987), OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003-2004) and Eminem’s Recovery (2010).
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway arrives at No. 2 with 118,000 equivalent album units (108,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the seventh top 10 album for the rock band, and third to hit the No. 2 slot (following their last studio album, 2011’s I’m With You, and 2002’s By the Way; the Chili Peppers have notched one No. 1 album: Stadium Arcadium, in 2006).
The Getaway is the fourth album to debut at No. 2 behind Drake’s unstoppable Views album. Previously, Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated, Dierks Bentley’s Black and Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman all debuted (and so far peaked) in the runner-up slot behind Views.
The Getaway also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the top selling albums of the week.
Below the Chili Peppers on the Billboard 200, Beyonce’s Lemonade rises one slot to No. 3 with 49,000 units (down 13 percent) while the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton slips 3-4 with nearly 49,000 (down 21 percent).
Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool re-enters the chart at No. 5 with 48,000 units (up 1,112 percent), after the album was released commercially on physical formats and to Spotify on June 17. The album previously charted for five weeks, debuting and peaking at No. 3, from a commercial digital release and availability on paid streaming services.
A Moon Shaped Pool sold 46,000 in traditional album sales during the week (up 1,366 percent).
Rapper YG scores his second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the bow of Still Brazy at No. 6 with 38,000 units (and 28,000 in traditional album sales). His last studio effort, 2014’s My Krazy Life, debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 61,000 copies sold in its first week.
Mumford & Sons’ new collaborative album, Johannesburg, starts at No. 9 with 36,000 units (34,000 in pure album sales). On the set, the band worked with Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, experimental dance act The Very Best and South African pop trio Beatenberg on the five-song effort, which also debuts at No. 1 on the World Albums chart.
Johannesburg is the fourth top 10 album for Mumford & Sons and the first charting effort on the Billboard 200 for Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. On the World Albums chart, it is Maal’s fifth top 10 and The Very Best’s fourth top 10. As for Beatenberg, this is the first charting album on any chart for the act.
Meghan Trainor’s Thank You wraps up the top 10, as it climbs 12-10 with 34,000 units (up 39 percent). During the tracking week, Trainor performed on NBC’s Today (June 21) while Thank You was also discounted to $6.99 at iTunes (which was promoted by the singer via Twitter).