Drake tops the charts once again. Views currently holds the record for the third most weeks at #1 by a Hip Hop album on the Billboard 200 charts, beating out Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP, released in May 2000. There are only two albums ahead of Views—Vanilla Ice‘s To the Extreme, which spent 16 weeks at #1 in 1990/1991, and MC Hammer‘s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, which spent 21 weeks at #1 in 1990. Will Views finally top the Billboard charts record? Another 13 weeks will reveal its true potential.
According to Billboard.com, Views earned 111,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 30. This consisted of 25,000 traditional album sales and 67,000 equivalent streams. Since Views hit #1, it has yet to relinquish its spot for the last nine weeks. It’s the only other album to hold a consecutive spot at number one on the charts in any genre since Adele‘s 21.
According to Billboard, “Views also spent the most weeks atop the charts for an album by a man in over 10 years.” The last man to accomplish this task is Usher with his Confessions album, which also held the number one spot for nine consecutive weeks in 2004.
It has been an overtly exciting summer for Drake with hit songs like “One Dance” to “Controlla,” and his collaboration with DJ Khaled, “For Free.”