Drake’s Views stays steady atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the album racks up a third straight week at No. 1. Views earned another 239,000 equivalent album units (down 24 percent) in the week ending May 19 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 83,000 were in traditional album sales (down 53 percent).
Drake’s ‘Views’ Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Radiohead Debuts at No. 3
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 4-dated chart (where Views is No. 1 for a third week) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, May 24.
Views is the first album to spend three consecutive weeks at No. 1 since January, when Adele’s 25 wrapped a seven-week run atop the list (of its 10 total nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).
Views scored another stellar week with streaming services, as the album’s tracks earned 186.1 million streams. That’s up a big 32 percent compared to the previous week (140.8 million). The jump is owed to how the album became widely available to all streaming services on May 13, following two weeks of exclusivity with Apple Music.
Views now owns the top three largest streaming weeks for an album: its debut frame (245.1 million streams for its tracks), its third week (186.1 million) and its second week (140.8 million). After only three weeks, Views has accumulated 572 million streams for its tracks.
Congratulations to him on the hit album!