Congratulations to Drake…again.
The rapper’s latest album, Views, sits atop the Billboard 200 for the fourth consecutive week. It’s the longest running #1 album for a male artist in over four years.
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 June 11-dated chart (where Views remains at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Wednesday, June 1. (One day later than usual, due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 30.)
Views earned another 189,000 equivalent album units (down 21 percent) in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 50,000 were in traditional album sales (down 39 percent). Views is overwhelmingly powered by streams of its songs, as its SEA totaled 111,000 units for the week. (It gathered an additional 27,000 units in TEA.)
Views has been incredibly popular on streaming services. How popular? It owns the top four largest streaming weeks for an album ever: its debut frame (245.1 million streams for its tracks), its third week (186.1 million), its fourth — and current — week (166.2 million) and its second week (140.8 million).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart is Ariana Grande’s third full-length studio album, Dangerous Woman, which debuts with 175,000 equivalent album units (of which 129,000 are in traditional album sales).
Well, at least Drake’s having better luck with his album than he is with his Toronto Raptors.