Drake’s Views jumps back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rising 2-1, and notches its 13th nonconsecutive week in the penthouse. Views’ return to No. 1 – after a seven-week break from the top slot – is the longest gap between weeks at No. 1 for an album in over three years.
Views earned 53,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 22, according to Nielsen Music.
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 Oct. 8-dated chart (where Views returns to No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Mumford & Sons’ Babel was the last set to take a longer break from No. 1, when it was absent from the top slot for 17 weeks. Babel debuted atop the list dated Oct. 13, 2012, and then spent the next two weeks at No. 1 (Oct. 20 and 27-dated lists). It moved out of the No. 1 slot for the next 17 weeks, and then hopped back to No. 1 on the March 2, 2013 chart, following its Grammy Award win for album of the year. It then spent another frame at No. 1 on March 9.
Views has the longest run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the Frozen soundtrack also spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2014 (Jan. 18-May 17).
Views maintains the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by an artist since Adele’s 21 notched 24 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 (March 12, 2011-June 23, 2012), and the most weeks atop the list for a man since Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All ruled for 17 straight frames in 1992 (June 13-Oct. 3).
Mac Miller scores the week’s highest new entry on the new Billboard 200, as The Divine Feminine starts at No. 2 with 48,000 units (32,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the hip-hop artist’s fourth consecutive top five-charting album – the totality of his full-length releases. His last set, GO:OD AM debuted and peaked at No. 4 a year ago with 87,000 units (73,000 in album sales). Before that, he clocked a No. 3-peaking set with Watching Movies With the Sound Off (in 2013) and a No. 1 with Blue Slide Park (2011). His only other charting album on the Billboard 200 was the 2011 EP On and On and Beyond, which peaked at No. 55.
The Suicide Squad soundtrack holds steady at No. 3 with 46,000 units (down 11 percent) in its seventh week on the list.
Aaron Lewis claims his highest charting album yet – and largest sales week – as Sinner bows at No. 4 with 42,000 units (39,000 in traditional album sales). The Staind frontman’s third country music effort follows The Road (No. 30 in 2012) and the EP Town Line (No. 7 in 2011). His previous sales high came when Town Line launched with 38,000 copies sold.
After more than four years since his last release, Usher returns to the Billboard 200 with his new album, Hard II Love. The effort debuts at No. 5 with 38,000 units (28,000 in traditional album sales). It’s his eighth top 10 album, and first set since Looking 4 Myself debuted at No. 1 on the June 30, 2012-dated list.
Usher recently scored his 32nd top 40-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the new album’s “No Limit,” featuring Young Thug. 19 years ago this month, Usher’s first top 40 hit, “You Make Me Wanna…,” peaked at No. 2 on the Oct. 25, 1997-dated list.
Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know falls from No. 1 to No. 6 in its second week, with 38,000 units (down 73 percent), while Travis Scott’s Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight dips 6-7 with 32,000 units (down 16 percent). Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface hops 12-8 with a little more than 28,000 units (down 2 percent).
The fourth and final new entry in the latest top 10 is from Casting Crowns, as the band’s The Very Next Thing launches at No. 9 with 28,000 units (and 26,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the sixth top 10 effort for the act.
Florida Georgia Line rounds out the top 10 with its Dig Your Roots, which maintains at No. 10 for another week with 25,000 units (down 15 percent).