Drake's 'Views' Spends 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Gucci Mane Bows at No. 2
Drake’s Views stays put at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a 12th nonconsecutive week, earning another 85,000 equivalent album units (down 5 percent) in the week ending July 28, according to Nielsen Music.
As Views surpasses the 11 weeks at No. 1 racked up by Taylor Swift’s 1989 in late 2014 and early 2015, the rapper's album now has the most weeks at No. 1 since 2014, when the Frozen soundtrack collected 13 frames at No. 1.
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 Aug. 13-dated chart (where Views is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Views has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by an artist (as opposed to a soundtrack) since Adele’s 21 ruled for 24 weeks in 2011 and 2012. The last male artist to spend more than 12 weeks at No. 1 was Billy Ray Cyrus, with his Some Gave All album (17 weeks) back in 1992.
In the past 25 years, only nine albums have spent 12 or more weeks at No. 1:
Artist, Title -- Weeks at No. 1
Adele, 21 -- 24 (2011-2012)
Whitney Houston/Soundtrack, The Bodyguard -- 20 (1992-1993)
Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind -- 18 (1991-1992)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All -- 17 (1992)
Soundtrack, Titanic -- 16 (1998)
Soundtrack, Frozen -- 13 (2014)
Drake, Views -- 12 (2016)
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill -- 12 (1995-1996)
Santana, Supernatural -- 12 (1999-2000)
Trailing Drake on the latest Billboard 200 at No. 2 is Gucci Mane’s Everybody Looking, which debuts in the runner-up slot with 68,000 units (of which, 43,000 are in traditional album sales). It’s the highest rank ever for the rap artist, who previously peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted.
Everybody Looking is Gucci Mane’s first studio album in five years (since 2011’s The Return of Mr. Zone 6) and was recorded over six days shortly after his release from prison in May.
Everybody Looking is also the seventh album to debut at No. 2 behind Drake’s Views. It follows: NeedToBreathe’s HARDLOVE, ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway, Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated, Dierks Bentley’s Black and Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman.
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface is steady at No. 3 on the latest Billboard 200 chart with 36,000 units (down 1 percent), Rihanna’s Anti is also a non-mover at No. 4 with 33,000 units (down 6 percent). The Epic AF compilation climbs one rung to a new peak, No. 5, with 31,000 units (up less than 1 percent).
Sia’s This Is Acting vaults back into the top 10 for the first time since its debut week, as it rises 11-6 with 30,000 units (up 11 percent). The album was last higher on the chart in its debut frame, when it bowed at No. 4 on the chart dated Feb. 20. A week later, it slipped out of the top 10.
This Is Acting’s climb comes a week after the album’s single “Cheap Thrills” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Sia her first No. 1. During the latest tracking week, Sia performed on ABC’s Good Morning America (July 22) and benefits from sale pricing and promotion of the album in the iTunes Store (where it was discounted to $6.99).
Adele’s 25 is stationary at No. 7 with 29,000 units (down 5 percent), the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton descends 5-8 with 27,000 units (down 16 percent) and Beyonce’s Lemonade falls 8-9 with 26,000 units (down 13 percent). Meghan Trainor’s Thank You closes out the top 10, rising 16-10 with 22,000 units (up 1 percent).