Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09.
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend.
He did it again, and it wasn't even close. Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, has achieved the No. 1 spot for the seventh consecutive week. He's the first male artist to earn seven straight weeks at No. 1 in almost 16 years.
It's a good week for hip hop records that have all-caps titles. VIEWS, LEMONADE, ANTI, and ISLAH hold down the top four spots in our feature, and each of the releases fall within the top 20 spots on Billboard's 200 chart.
Once again, Drake snags the #1 spot this week with VIEWS, his fourth studio album that continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce moves into #3 after an appearance at #4 last week (it should be noted that she also just went Platinum with Lemonade, alo
Chance The Rapper's new project, Coloring Book, may be a 'mixtape' in that Apple Music users can download it for free, however streams are still being counted towards his 'sales' and thus, Chance will be appearing on the Billboard 200.
This week the charts are all about Drake, who has both the #1 album and (for the first time ever) #1 song in the country. VIEWS did nearly a million copies sold in its first week, which is virtually unheard of for an artist in 2016.
Drake's VIEWS became the most recent album to achieve the rare feat of selling 1 million copies in one week, an accomplishment it shares with only 20 other albums (recorded by Neilsen Soundscan), and even fewer hip-hop releases.
All the early reports suggested that Drake's new album, VIEWS, was expected to do huge numbers, and Republic Records, the label primarily responsible for the album's distribution, has now verified those predictions.
UPDATE (04/11/2016 | 3:04pm EST): There are a few minor errors in the below text with regard to how Billboard gauged The Life of Pablo's streaming numbers for the week of April 1 to April 7.
At the beginning of the month, Kanye West finally made The Life of Pablo available on Spotify and Apple Music, as the album had previously remained exclusively on Tidal and Kanye's own website since its February 14 release.
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3.
Young Thug has surpassed expectations, as he's often warrant to do. The rapper was projected to move 27,000-30,000 units opening week with his new album Slime Season 3, but has upped that number with a solid 38,349 copies in his first week online.