Drake has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, which is bad news for Blink-182, and, perhaps, worse news for Joe Budden.
After dominating the charts for about two months, VIEWS was bumped to the No. 2 spot by Blink-182’s California last week. But thankfully for Drizzy, he made a quick recovery. Nielsen Music reports VIEWS was able to earn another 92,000 units, which was enough to put it back on top.
Despite the slip, Drake’s fourth studio album is still making history. It is now the 10th album in the last 20 years to spend 10 weeks at No. 1. Adele’s 21 and 25, the Titanic and Frozen soundtracks, Santana’s Supernatural, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Fearless, and the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium are the only other albums to do the same.
But that’s not all: According to Billboard, VIEWS is the only album by a solo male artist to reach No. 1 this many times since 1992’s Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus. The album is also the highest-selling 2016 release with 1.34 million copies sold.
So if Drake is looking to respond to Budden’s recent diss track “Afraid,” he can save himself a lot of time and energy by just sending him the Billboard charts. Clearly all the criticism isn’t keeping Drake from winning.
The No. 2 spot was taken by ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, which sold 74,000 units (of which 52,000 are in traditional album sales) in the first week. Blink-182’s California fell to No. 3, Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface rose to No. 4, and the Hamilton soundtrack landed at No. 5.