Numbers On The Board: Drake’s ‘Views’ Becomes The First 2016 Album To Sell 1 Million Copies

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For the week ending May 12, Drake’s Views continued its hold on the top spot of the Billboard 200 and became the first album to surpass 1 million pure album sales in 2016 with 1.03 million copies moved in its two weeks on the charts. However, the rapper’s first no. 1 single, “One Dance,” was knocked down a notch to no. 2 by Justin Timberlake’s debuting “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Also in Hot 100 news, Rihanna collected her 29th Top 10 hit with “Needed Me.”

Beyonce’s Lemonade held steady at no. 2 while Prince’s The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain remained in the Top 10 by placing at no. 5 and no. 8, respectively. Rihanna’s ANTI came in at no. 7.

Here are the 5 best-selling hip-hop or R&B albums in the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 12, determined by total equivalent album units. Pure album sales are in parentheses.

1. Drake – Views – 313,000 (175,000)
2. Beyonce – Lemonade – 202,000 (153,000)
5. Prince – The Very Best of Prince – 77,000 (65,000)
7. Rihanna – ANTI – 48,000 (13,000)
8. Prince – Purple Rain – 43,000 (41,000)

In the Hot 100, Drake’s “One Dance” knocked Desiigner’s “Panda” down one spot to no. 3. Rihanna’s “Work” slotted in at no. 8, while the latest single off ANTI, “Needed Me,” moved up to no. 10.

Look for Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book to debut high on the Billboard 200 next week. Per industry projections, it’s expected to place in the Top 10, despite being an Apple Music streaming exclusive and unavailable for purchase.

(Via Billboard 200, Hot 100)

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