As reported here, the tight race for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 kept fans of Ariana Grande, Drake, and Blake Shelton on the edge of their seats until tallying ended this weekend.
A debate starter for sure as early predictions forecasted Drizzy would sell the least, but thanks to streaming, would probably retain the top spot with his hit album ‘Views.’ Conversely, Shelton – who was on track to sell the most – would probably debut the lowest of the three due to lack of streaming. Lastly, Grande – with her third album ‘Dangerous Woman’ – would potentially see her set mark the first time she missed the #1 spot.
Now, with the official numbers in, it appears the predictions were all spot on. While Drake’s set shifted 189,000 equivalent album units this week (50,000 of which were in traditional album sales), Ari’s project debuted at #2 with 175,000 equivalent album units (129,000 in pure album sales).
See the full Billboard 200 chart check below: