Numbers On The Board: It’s Officially Drake Season

05.10.16 11 months ago 13 Comments
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As covered yesterday, Drake’s Views entered the chart at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 5, dropping last week’s history-maker, Beyonce’s Lemonade, to no. 2. In addition, the lead single from the album, “One Dance,” toppled Desiigner’s “Panda” to give Drake his first solo no. 1 in the Hot 100. Notably, Views set a new streaming record and had the biggest sales week of 2016, while Drake also made history by placing 20 songs in the Hot 100.

Beyonce’s Lemonade fell to no. 2 after debuting at no. 1 last week, while Prince’s Purple Rain and The Very Best of Prince continued their strong sales and Rihanna’s ANTI maintained its foothold in the Top 5. Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo finished just outside of the Top 10 at no. 11, almost entirely based on streams — the album only sold 187 copies according to Billboard’s metric. Drake’s project with Future, What a Time to Be Alive, benefited from the Views release as it finished at no. 20.

Here are the 10 best-selling hip-hop or R&B albums in the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 5, determined by total equivalent album units. Pure album sales are in parentheses, with total streams in brackets.

1. Drake – Views – 1,039,058 (851,675) [245,087,706]
2. Beyonce – Lemonade – 321,312 (196,252) [97,454,388]
3. Prince – Purple Rain – 75,443 (60,332) [846,149]
4. Prince – The Very Best of Prince – 69,886 (55,441) [1,039,386]
5. Rihanna – ANTI – 50,688 (15,093) [36,665,774]
11. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo – 26,896 (187) [40,063,626]
14. Prince – 1999 – 24,923 (23,680) [85,838]
15. Kevin Gates – Islah – 23,135 (7,559) [16,537,701]
16. Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul – 22,286 (5,758) [21,241,872]
20. Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive – 20,850 (4,836) [17,808,737]

As for the Hot 100, Desiigner’s “Panda” slipped to no. 2 as mentioned earlier. Rihanna and Drake’s hit single “Work” dropped to no. 6, while Rihanna’s collaboration with Calvin Harris, “This Is What You Came For,” debuted at no. 9.

Drake should continue to move big numbers next week since it will include tracking after the end of the Apple Music exclusive.

(Via Billboard 200, Hot 100)

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