31 May 2016
Drake’s new album, Views has stubbornly refused to leave the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The album has spent four straight weeks at the top of the chart and now has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist in over four years.
The last man to spend more time at No. 1 with an album was Michael Buble, who racked up five weeks (all consecutive) in the penthouse with his Christmas set (between Dec. 10, 2011 and Jan. 7, 2012).
Since Buble’s Christmas, the only albums by male artists to score three weeks at No. 1 have been Views, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness.
Views earned another 189,000 equivalent album units (down 21 per cent) in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that figure, 50,000 were in traditional album sales (down 39 percent).
Views is overwhelmingly powered by streams of its songs, as its Stream Equivalent Albums totaled 111,000 units for the week. (It gathered an additional 27,000 units in Track Equivalent Album.)
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