Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Drake Still #1 Despite 79% Drop In Sales

Published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 by Rashad
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He may have lost his grip on the Hot 100’s top spot, but Grammy-winning rapper Drake is still enjoying the ‘Views’ from the top of the Billboard 200 despite a whopping 79% sales drop in the second full week of the album’s availability.

Indeed, fending off the likes of ‘Mine’ co-star Beyonce and more, the Toronto-born beau’s massive drop was still substantially more than his competition could move.

Billboard reports:

Views earned another 313,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 12, according to Nielsen Music (with 175,000 of that in pure album sales.  Views tallied a 70 percent decline in units compared to its debut frame a week ago (1.04 million units), while its sales collapsed by 79 percent (falling from 852,000 to 175,000).

With the stats above, ‘Views’ holds the honor of being the first and only album released this year to cross the platinum threshold.  As we patiently await for more titles to join him, tuck in below to see this week’s TGJ Chart Check:

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. ShakaZulu May 18, 2016


  2. HailBeysus May 18, 2016

    Congatz Drake! But damn 79% decrease ????
    I can’t at Bey already projected to out sell him in physical sales this week

    • Jackson 5 Nostrils (Tyler) May 18, 2016

      *gulps tea*

    • Maurice May 19, 2016

      Beyonce is on tour though, not that I care either way. Lemonade is my favorite album of this year thus far.

  3. toeknee May 18, 2016

    Lol views is doing well tho the album is redundant but……
    Bey just refuses to put the album or at least sorry & hold up on spotify & apple she should be doing better

    • HailBeysus May 18, 2016

      Yas! Sorry is doing fine on Urban and climbing up Rhythmic Radio stations. Sorry finally cracked the top 50 on Pop Radio stations. The song is gaining momentum and is still on Itunes selling. This just goes to show you how much streaming is taking over. Post 2013 sorry would still be sitting comfortably in the top 20. If this doesn’t tell her haters just how much singles success is irrelevant to her at this point in career idk what will. Tbh tho i still wouldn’t mind seeing her have single success.

      • Adele’s flip phone May 18, 2016

        Kii at that ” she doesn’t care about singles anymore” no raido doesn’t care about her ??? during the 4 era didn’t she promot those singles from hell to back, including a BB awards tribute and a try hard orrgnacy anncoument yet non of those singles could peak past number 16

  4. toeknee May 18, 2016

    Congrats bey.

  5. King Mark111 /.\ May 18, 2016

    Still outselling Prune Juice I see.

    • Adele’s flip phone May 18, 2016

      NOT prune juice

      • Lana Del Fan May 19, 2016

        The bitter and cruel irony of an Adele Stan shading Beyoncé when Adele called her Jesus and worshipped her on stage though…..

    • HailBeysus May 18, 2016

      Lmao Im still laughing at Anti’s unsoldout venues that have been reported 12 dates =$13m LOLOLOL!!! Guess no one wants to here all them top 10s and 14 #1s DEATH!!!
      Formation 4 dates $20m
      Anti 12 Date $13m
      159,873 / 177,403
      (90%) $13,539,580
      Formation attendance 162,087
      Anti Attendance 159,873

      • toeknee May 18, 2016

        You better school these rihtardsss & telling who the money making queen is.

      • Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

        Drag it….

      • wrosy3 May 19, 2016

        You bald head b**** ask you self where the f*** is formation and none of bey singles can’t climb nowhere but in the factories of Mexico under the bubbling under gtfoh tramp

      • Reality Check May 19, 2016

        Y’all always make fun of Rihanna’s tour gross but she made MILLIONS and that’s no chump change considering its her money. Remember she’s actually an independent artist
        Who owns her music so she gets first dibs then she pays out & NOT the other way around. Now who laughing??? LOLOLOLOL #SmartBajan

  6. Adele flip phone May 18, 2016

    DEAD at the hive in here trying to throw shade, regardless of drake sales drop he has a multi week number 1 album and scan plat. Something THIEFOnce hasn’t done! *sips tea*It’s been 4 weeks and lemonade still hasn’t scan platinum in pure sales yet

    • Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

      Beyoncé album has already sold 1 million world wide & she will out sell Drake in the long run or sell around the same amount. On another Drake has never had an album to outsell Beyoncé domestically or worldwide… Beyoncé is currently racking up 5 million on average on her Formation tour. I highly doubt she is worried about Drake (who whorships the ground she walks on) or “The Black Madonna” who needs her album purchased in bulk by Samsung or lie about album sales!

      • Jamon May 19, 2016

        He’s not a bad album seller. Just tomclear things up, he has matched and passed a couple of her albums (no shade at all).Besides him and Bey are not in any type of competition (or anyone else for that matter). Totally different artist. Congrats to everyone achieving success.

        Thank me later: 1.7

        Take Care: 2.3

        Nothing was the same: 1.8

        If you’re reading this it’s too late: 1.1

      • wrosy3 May 19, 2016

        Her as will never come close to adele drake still will go down in history beating her in one day sales and the hives should be worried about illiterate bey slaving people around the world for a buck yet preaching empowering women

    • Royalkev May 19, 2016

      @Jamon Only 1 of those Drake album totals surpassed a Beyonce album (‘4’). ‘Take Care’ matches Bey’s self-titled US total, it’s still far from a “couple” (unless your counting ‘Lemonade’, which is just getting started).

      @Adele flip phone
      Is your tea spiked hun? Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ has only 3 tracking weeks on Billboard. Another week is needed in order to make it a full month. Let’s give it a moment, K.

      • Royalkev May 19, 2016

        *Drake album totals surpassed only 1 Beyonce album (‘4’).

    • Cockiness May 19, 2016

      It’s so funny cuz all they used to talk about was first week sales…. Then when the Queen came for his crown, purse and throne, they talking about down the road…… I just cant

  7. Rosie May 18, 2016

    ??? @ him going from 852K to 175K
    Why is he a frontloaded mess sales wise for such a big act. This might be lucky to hit 2 million at this rate, especially with the mixed reception.

    • King Mark111 /.\ May 18, 2016

      It’s a rap album, Hip Hop is always “front loaded”. We don’t be talking about this album in 6 months and by then, he’ll drop another one.

      • IStan4Rihanna. May 18, 2016


      • Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

        Excuses! What’s your excuse for Rihanna’s poor sales. Without streams, Samsung, and Jay-z having the RIAA in his pockets to give out false platinum certification she wouldn’t even be gold!

  8. Adele’s flip phone May 18, 2016

    Lol at this ” Beyonce does t care about singles” I guess they forgot about the 4 era so gles ?☕

    • RihYonce May 18, 2016

      Ok ! And we are 2 albums later. Bey didn’t stop caring about singles until ST. So 4 is irrelevant to that statement

  9. IStan4Rihanna. May 18, 2016

    The majority of rappers’ albums are heavily frontloaded within the first week (that has always been the case) and Drake is certainly no exception:


    1) What a Time to Be Alive – -82% 2nd week.

    2) If You’re Reading This – -74% 2nd week.

    3) Nothing was the Same – -78% 2nd week.


    -79% this time around doesn’t exactly look shocking, so why is this surprising?

  10. DIABETIC STROKE May 18, 2016

    No shock here. What is shocking is Lemonade consistantly selling 100+k despite promo or hit single. Bey seems to not care about either. Anyway, why cant cAnti acheive this first to hit 1 mill feat. Bey is set to hit 1 mill PURE SALES its full month of tracking. It is getting close to outselling views. So far lemonade sold around 1.3 mill ww compared to views 1.6 mill so far.

    • Cockiness May 19, 2016

      Can we stop this no promo thing. Promotion has change considerably over the past 7 years. Instagram twitter Facebook a surprise album and movie is promotion, a tour is promotion. No really goes on radio stations anymore. The concept of promotion has change.

  11. Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

    @Strech Mark 111
    Prune Juice & Views are out selling Anti and that’s all that matters.

    Death @ Rihanna tour only doing flopping… Wasn’t it you, Loose Booty, and the rest of the Navy claiming Bey was still local and didn’t have enough star power or impact to headline a stadium world tour alone… Meanwhile “THE BLACK MADONNA” cant even sell out arena’s! Purchased album certifications… Bey would never!

    • King Mark111 /.\ May 18, 2016

      Doos and Prune Juice are 2X plat? I think not.

      • Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

        Streams and purchased album in bulk by Samsung doesn’t count hun. What are her pure sales? I give a hint it isn’t more than PRUNE JUICE!

  12. DIABETIC STROKE May 18, 2016 check global chart just updated. Bey sold more ww this wk than drakes 2nd wk. In the us Drakes 2nd & 3rd wk ard lower than that of bey. Drake has multiple hits on views & getting 1000s more promo. Both are winning but bey outselling drake doesnt look good all things considered. Views cost less with hits & twice as many songs.. wouldnt be surprised of bey #1 us uk & ww chart next update.

    • Beystan_ Since 1997 May 18, 2016

      The Navy knows the tea. They just made because “Prune Juice” outsold “ANTI SALES” in a matter of days domestically and World Wide in PURE SALES! SO now they are d*** riding any artist who can get a leg up on Beyoncé. Bey slayed Rihanna on the album front and she will do even more damage on the touring front. Let them girls cling and seethe… NUMBERS DON’T LIE!

  13. Theman May 18, 2016

    Most artists have a decline close to that. Hype, anticipation & a huge single will draw large numbers in terms of first week sales. Streaming doesn’t always boost all singles right away. Some songs are growers..

  14. DIABETIC STROKE May 18, 2016

    @ Skidmark

    Lemonade isnt yet 2x plat (neither is anti in terms of actual sales) but lemonade is alteady in the ballpark of 1.5 mill ww catching up to drake US & WW SALES AT Alarming rate. Already outsellig him in the UK, isnt he from around there? Why his 2nd wk below beyz third. & why is anti out the top 5 US & not even sold 100k UKor 500k US im low keyy disapointed.

  15. Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timely May 19, 2016

    Congrats to Drake

  16. Quinton251 aka Lil Wayne stan May 19, 2016

    Drake will struggle to stay number 1 next week, Queen Bey is coming to slay.

  17. Anti-garbage singing voices May 19, 2016

    Because Apple is paying for that n1 place. I did listen to Drake, only 2 songs were alight. Drake album is all hype, just a big hype, my uncle is wishing right at this moment while I’m writing this for his money back.

    • Anti-garbage singing voices May 19, 2016


  18. No favs, just here for the music May 19, 2016

    It’s ok because the first week sales make up for it lol. A little disappointing because I was hoping he could pull in around 300K his second week just to keep a little consistency. I think the problem is that word got around VIEWS wasn’t all that good. It’s ALRIGHT but it is his body of work? Hell no. Anyway congratulations to him for selling 1 million (PURE) sales in 2 weeks. That alone is an awesome feat so let’s not overlook it.

  19. Keri Qween May 19, 2016

    Oops not drizzy blocking Yonce again

    • BEYICON May 19, 2016

      Not for long, not for long!!
      Meanwhile Anti will freefall very soon… ?

  20. Nina May 19, 2016

    You can argue with these people based on Drake’s recent success. But, let’s not forget he just saw his first solo #1 in 2016.

    Beyonce’s name has been attached to #1 singles since
    “Say My Name”- 2000 – 3 weeks
    “Independent Women”-2001 -11 weeks
    “Bills Bills Bills”-1999 – 2 weeks
    Bootylicious-2001-3 weeks
    Crazy In love-2003- 8 weeks
    “Baby Boy”-2003 – 9 weeks
    “Check On it”-2006 -5 weeks
    “Irreplaceable”-2006- 10 weeks
    “Single Ladies”-2008 – 5 weeks

    56 weeks at number one ! If you’re going to argue Rihanna’s #1s that include features on other’s songs, you can’t discredit Beyonce from Destiny’s Child.
    That’s 9 #1 singles and 56 weeks at the top of Billboard Hot 100.

    We can add in a slew of top 5 singles.

    Beyonce is not in competition with Drake nor Rihanna. She’s spent more weeks at #1 than Rihanna and Drake over the span of her career. I don’t think she’s too worried about Drake spending his second week at #1, she’s seen that spot for much longer than 2 weeks.

  21. BEYICON May 19, 2016

    None of drake’s albums have outsold 4 WW (Bey’s lowest selling album) and only one of them have outsold 4 in the US. Lemonade is 200k sales behind Views WW and about 200k behind in the US. If you dont think think Lemonade will outsell Views WW you are very delusional.

    P.S.: it will most likely outsell it in the US and most likely will reclaim the #1 spot the week after Ariana Grande’s release (despite Two Harmony’s release).

  22. What Now May 19, 2016

    The good thing is he’s already platinum, so at this point, he could start working on the next album if he wanted.

  23. LOL May 19, 2016





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