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Drake's 'Views' Has Spent Its First Six Months in Billboard 200's Top Five

A half-year after Drake released his Views album, the blockbuster set is still in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart. The album debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 21 and has yet to leave the top five after 26 straight weeks. On the latest chart, dated Nov. 12, Views falls from No. 2 to No. 5.

Views is now one of just seven albums to have spent their first 26 weeks inside the top five of the chart (dating back to 1963, when the list combined its previously separate mono and stereo charts into one all-encompassing ranking).

The title with the longest initial run in the top five is Adele's 21, which tallied its first 39 weeks in the top five. (21 spent a total of 68 nonconsecutive weeks in the top five, but it fell out of the region after 39 weeks, only to return for another eye-popping top-five run.)

Views has racked 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.

Albums That Have Spent Their First 26 Weeks in the Top Five on the Billboard 200*

Weeks, Artist, Title (Debut Chart Date)
39, Adele, 21 (March 12, 2011)
38, Michael Jackson, Bad (Sept. 26, 1987)
32, Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (Oct. 16, 1976)
30, Soundtrack/Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard (Dec. 12, 1992)
29, Garth Brooks, Ropin' the Wind (Sept. 28, 1991)
26, Drake, Views (May 21, 2016)
26, Eagles, Hotel California (Jan. 15, 1977)

*Since the Billboard 200 chart combined its separate mono and stereo charts into one all-encompassing chart on Aug. 17, 1963.