After nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake’s Views has been dethroned from the top spot by Blink-182’s new album, California.
The latter debuts at No. 1 with 186,000 equivalent album units — of that sum, 172,000 were in traditional album sales.
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 16-dated chart (where California is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 12.
California is Blink-182’s second No. 1 album, following 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which spent one week at No. 1 on the June 30, 2001-dated list. The act has racked up a total of seven top 10 sets, dating back to 1999’s Enema of the State, which peaked at No. 9.
The new album is the group’s first without its co-founder, singer/guitarist TomDeLonge, who departed the act in 2015. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has since stepped in for DeLonge.
The new album was led by the single “Bored to Death,” which hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart dated July 9, marking the act’s first No. 1 on the list since 2004.
California’s sales launch of 172,000 copies sold is also the band’s biggest sales week since 2003, when its self-titled album bowed at No. 3 with 313,000 sold. Between that album and the new release, the group issued three albums, all of which saw their best sales week in their debut frame. Greatest Hits bowed in 2005 with 72,000 sold, the full-length studio effort Neighborhoods debuted in 2011 with 151,000 sold, and the EPDogs Eating Dogs started with 57,000 in 2013.
You must admit — Drake had an impressive run!