Drake reclaims the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.
YOUNG MONEY ENTERTAINMENT / BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT / TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT/INTERSCOPE RECORDS – Canadian R&B singer Drake reclaimed the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart on Monday (July 18), joining a small group of artists to have achieved the same feat in recent years.
Drake’s “Views” album sold another 18,000 albums and 161,000 songs and was streamed more than 86 million times in the past week, totaling 117,000 overall album units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
The success of “Views” has been driven predominately by streams from online music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. Drake’s “Views” is only the 10th album to clock 10 weeks, consecutive or non-consecutive, at No. 1 on the album chart in the past 20 years, according to Billboard. “Views” was pushed to No. 2 last week when Blink 182 took the top spot on the album chart with their latest record “California.” The alt-rockers’ album dropped to No. 3 this week on the chart. Rapper Schoolboy Q entered the charts at No. 2 with “Blank Face LP.”