Drake’s 'Views' Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200

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Beyoncé’s Lemonade might’ve surprised us more than Drake’s Views where content is concerned, but Drake easily wins the numbers race. That’s right, Drake’s Views starts off platinum, scoring 1.04 million units, easily debuting at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The 1.04 million units number should come with reservations – Views sold approximately 82% of that total or 852,000 copies. What does that mean? In regards to pure sales, Drake didn’t score a million seller, but he did score the best numbers of his entire career. Clearly, the “6God” doesn’t seem to be fading.

Don’t feel bad for Beyoncé though. After debuting at no. 1 last week with robust numbers, Lemonade slips to no. 2 and still puts up exceptional numbers. Sure, 321,000 units (Only 61% of that total being pure sales) doesn’t come close to Drizzy’s million, but any other week in 2016, this would be a no. 1 album. In other words, the Lemonade is still sweet as syrup for Queen Bey.

Beyond Drake’s Views, there is actually another new albums on the Billboard 200’s Top 10, even if Toronto’s “god” steals the show. Rob Zombie takes his hellishly titled Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser to no. 6, to the tune of 41,000 units. Again, 41,000 units don’t compare to 1.04 million, period.

Otherwise, the names are familiar on the Billboard 200 Top 10. Two Prince albums remain locked in the top five (Purple Rain and The Very Best of Prince). Rihanna (Anti), Chris Stapleton (Traveller), and Justin Bieber (Purpose) continue their extended stays. Adele’s 25 had been saying “Hello from the outside” of the top 10, but returns this week, clinging onto no. 10. 

Shifting gears to the Billboard Hot 100, Drake’s awesome week continues. He lands at no. 1 on the Hot 100 for the first time with his own credited song with “One Dance.” Last week, “One Dance” had ascended to no. 2, which naturally foreshadowed its chances of taking top honors. Yep, Drake kicked Desiigner’s “Panda” to the curb – well actually just no. 2. 

Who’s got next on the BB200? It’s difficult to envision Drake conceding no. 1 after such a commanding week. Keith Urban (Ripcord), Cole Swindell (You Should Be Here) and Mike Posner (At Night, Alone.) are among artists that should impact the top of the charts. The question is, how much will these new, anticipated albums sell? Could all the new releases underperform? Only time will tell.

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