Numbers On The Board: Drake Is No. 1 Again While Kevin Gates Now Owns Two Spots In The Billboard 200

06.07.16 2 years ago 6 Comments

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Once again, Drake’s Views came in at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 during the album’s fifth-consecutive week atop the charts. His smash hit “One Dance” also topped the Hot 100 for the third-straight week and fourth week overall. The more interesting story, however, is Kevin Gates placing two albums in the Top 20. His new project Murder for Hire 2 debuted at no. 12, and his quietly successful Islah came in at no. 19.

Views has sold over 1.9 million album equivalent units based primarily on streaming numbers. It now owns the top five streaming weeks for an album with over 875 million total streams of its tracks. On the other end of the spectrum, Islah has slowly but surely moved 500,000 album units during its 18 weeks on the chart and has been certified gold by the RIAA.

Here are the 10 best-selling hip-hop or R&B albums in the Billboard 200 for the week ending June 2, determined by total equivalent album units. Pure album sales are in parentheses, with total streams in brackets.

1. Drake – Views – 152,069 (36,855) [137,455,056]
3. Beyonce – Lemonade – 79,310 (55,544) [8,652,574]
7. Rihanna – ANTI – 42,269 (9,960) [34,902,097]
8. Flume – Skin – 31,489 (18,085) [15,254,206]
12. Kevin Games – Murder For Hire II – 27,093 (20,500) [7,334,652]
16. Prince – The Very Best of Prince – 22,366 (18,364) [252,697]
17. G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out – 22,165 (9,281) [14,839,346]
19. Kevin Gates – Islah – 21,340 (7,169) [15,145,499]
21. Kanye West – 18,840 (16) [28,236,971]
23. Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul – 17,068 (3,036) [18,650,712]

Returning to Hot 100 news, Desiigner’s “Panda” holds at no. 2, while Rihanna’s “Needed Me” reached a new peak by moving one spot up to no. 8. The Barbadian singer placed another song in the Top 10 as her collaboration with Calvin Harris, “This Is What You Came For,” slotted in at no. 9.

Not much should change next week as Views is expected to claim no. 1 on the Billboard 200 once again, but Vic Mensa’s strong project, There’s A Lot Going On, could make some noise.

(Via Billboard 200, Hot 100)

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