Drake’s ‘VIEWS’ Bumps Beyonce To #2 / Delivers Huge First Week Sales

Published: Sunday 8th May 2016 by Sam

Drake reigns supreme on this week’s official Billboard 200.

Earmarked as one of 2016’s biggest releases, the star’s ‘VIEWS’ album has delivered dynamite sales on its first full week on sale.

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The set, which includes Hot 100 smashes such as ‘One Dance’ and ‘Hotline Bling,’ opened with pure sales of 852,000 – a number which rises to 1.04 million when factoring in SPS (sales plus streaming).

In hitting the top, the project bumps Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ to #2 after it registered 196k in its second week on sale.

Released via Apple Music (where it enjoyed one week exclusivity), ‘VIEWS’ songs (including a handful available on Spotify) were streamed in total a record 245.1 million times in the US during the tracking week. This sees the MC easily best the previous record set by Canadian Justin Bieber, whose ‘Purpose’ LP earned over 100 million plays last November.

The LP becomes Drizzy’s sixth straight #1 Stateside, and follows the chart topping debuts of ‘What a Time To Be Alive’ (with Future, in 2015), ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ (2015), ‘Nothing Was the Same’ (2013), ‘Take Care’ (2012) and ‘Thank Me Later’ (2010).

The Young Money titan’s only charting effort to miss the top was 2009 debut EP, ‘So Far Gone,’ which reached #6 in 2009.

‘VIEWS’ opening marks a personal best for Drake, the largest for any album thus far this year, and the biggest for a male act in the three years since Justin Timberlake’s ’20/20 Experience’ debuted with 968k in pure sales.


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  1. #TeamTinashe Stan (#JOYRIDE……..) May 8, 2016

    Big congrats to him! I love the album so much tbh.

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      The album is horrible..but enjoyable. He needs to evolve as an artist, everything sounds the same on the album. But congrats to his FIRST WEEK sales

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016


    • Fancy BISH May 8, 2016

      Great news! Beyonce’s Sorry looks like it’s headed to the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 on this week’s chart as of today! Hold Up looks like it might chart at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as well!

  2. HailBeysus May 8, 2016

    Congrats Drake!!!

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      The album is average as f***!!!!!!!!!

      • Papí May 8, 2016


  3. Meteorite May 8, 2016

    What’s with this site and all the pop ups all of sudden?

  4. surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

    Wait..so u mean to tell me that Lemonade’s Second week (non-purchased by a mobile company) sales is higher than ANTI’s first week sales….Interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Papí May 8, 2016


  5. King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016

    Well that didn’t last long. #oops. (And Anti is still top 5, I think)

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      And has barely sold 400k in the USA..that is the real OOPS!!!!!!!!

      • King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016

        Anti rules, $25 check, free albums to us, most streamed album so far, double plat, you and the rest of the pst being mad. All good so far. 🙂 #AntiMatter

      • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

        Lol..we are being mad, but yet you call Lemonade a flop and ANTI was outsold by it in its first week??? NAVYLOGIC..I GUESS

      • rosy3 May 8, 2016

        Drink bleach b**** the article is about drake rih been out 3 months still in top five and your funky ass still mad you need a dragging on mothers day gtfoh

      • HailBeysus May 8, 2016

        Honey, you live in Khayeltisha, Cape Town, South Africa. The sewers run through the very floor you sleep on. Keep it cute!

    • King B May 8, 2016

      The black Madonna and The Queen of Urban Pop will get outsold in UK soon. But it already outsold Anti. UK don’t tolerate with Liars/Cheaterrs, they certify REAL sales.

      • rosy3 May 8, 2016

        gtfoh you and your haters cant leave rih alone you do know streaming help your favorite chart on the billboard too right streaming help all others b**** including drake your mama must have left you on this day you sound miserable hating already

  6. Cinnamon Girl May 8, 2016

    That’s right. Give Drake his props! Fawk Beyawnce’s sour lemon a##. She’s can’t even hold on to her top spot for more than a week

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      And ci-man can’t seem to hold on to a man…. Guess the shoe fits the MAN..i meant…WOMAN.

    • Papí May 8, 2016

      Beyonce it goal.

  7. Molly May 8, 2016

    Not Anti spending more weeks at #1 then lemonade

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      Not lemonade outselling CANTI in 3.5 days..LOL

      • Molly May 8, 2016

        Not with her purchasing albums just to be slayed by Drake a week later.

      • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

        Why did didn’t CI-MAN purchase hers??? guess she spent all he money on lawyers fees trying to sure FUTURE..MESS

      • Molly May 8, 2016

        I dont stan Heara.

      • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

        So MOLLY THE REJECTED MAID..is not claiming CI-MAN again???..Interesting!!!!!

      • Molly May 8, 2016

        Hearas a joke who is more focused on a gay dude than her own flop career.

    • King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016

      And Rihanna topping both charts.

      • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

        But still has not outsold Lemonade….LOL

      • Molly May 8, 2016

        Do you think formation or sorry will hit top 5?

      • Papí May 8, 2016

        Please Molly shut the f*** up. You say stupid s*** just to talk ridiculous b****.

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      Sorry will hit top 5 once she releases it on Vevo..

      • Molly May 8, 2016

        I was talking to King Mark not your Ashy ass.

      • LB May 8, 2016

        “I was talking to King Mark not your Ashy ass.

        OOP, you better read that annoying troll to oblivion Molly

    • Alex May 8, 2016

      @Mollythemaid Umm anti spent 3 NONCONSECUTIVE weeks at #1. So try that stale shade again. But lemonade is still HIGHER than ANTIFREEZE.

      • Papí May 8, 2016

        Molly who the f*** is ashy you dumb, Krispy, annoying b****? I’m pretty lubricated. Nothing ashy stupid f***.

  8. King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016

    Kool-Aid won’t be in the top 5 in two more weeks. Can’t wait. #LastLonger

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016


    • King B May 8, 2016

      But I’m pretty sure it will last longer than Aaliyah’s album that never spent more than 30 weeks except you know her last albums but we know why it charted for 68 weeks, but still less than 4…

  9. The?Impact May 8, 2016

    Well that’s ? back at #1 on UK iTunes ☺️? ?????????????????? and why is “Anti-critically acclaimed” only at #40??? ????????????

    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      LOL is saw that..LEMONADE is not at 1 on itunes more than Views..lol

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016

      Stop lying you ugly fat turd

      • The?Impact May 8, 2016

        Have a look for yourself Hun ?????????????????

  10. Fancy BISH May 8, 2016

    Black excellence chile! Congrats Drizzy! Drake, Bey, Prince (TWICE) and Rih in the Top 5! Happy Mother’s Day!
    1. Drake – VIEWS
    2. Bey – Lemonade
    3. Prince – Purple Rain
    4. Prince – The Very Best Of Prince
    5. Rih – ANTI
    YAAAAAAAAAAAS! #DatExcellence

  11. IStan4Rihanna. May 8, 2016

    Not the entire Top 5 of the BB200 being occupied by “Black” artists though?



    • surprise..DEC.2013 May 8, 2016

      Lol….i just noticed that, when last did this happen.

    • Molly May 8, 2016

      Id be here for it if some people weren’t buying their own albums just to be 2nd best ki.

    • Cockiness May 8, 2016

      This is what we need to be stressing. Although I love a good drag. The fact that black artist are slaying and giving quality music and not that Taylor swift s*** is something to be celebrated

      • TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!!! May 9, 2016

        Quality music? Really? I don’t know if an album which is called lemonade can be taken seriously. I thought someone like miley Cryus would call her album lemonade.. Not Beyoncé.

        Beyoncés or drake or Rihannas album aren’t as good as 1989. They womt have the llongevity that an album such as 1989 has.

  12. IStan4Rihanna. May 8, 2016


    In 2001, quite literally.


    #1: Ja Rule – Pain is Love.
    #2: Jay-Z – The Blueprint.
    #3: Aaliyah – Aaliyah.
    #4: Maxwell – Now.
    #5: Destiny’s Child – Survivor.
    #6: Janet Jackson – All For You.


    Thus it’s been 14 years since however there was a close tie in 2005 when Black artists occupies the Top 4 positions and again in 2007. 🙂

  13. HailBeysus May 8, 2016

    Lol according to Billboard and Official Charts Self Titled has sold 5 million copies worldwide.
    Lol ST 3.9m —-> Flopajetic 3.4m
    WW sales: @rihanna, Unapologetic 3,472,000.

    • Rihboy May 8, 2016

      And loud sold 10 million your point

      • Annalise May 8, 2016

        Lying ass BÏTCH Loud sold 8 mil worldwide at most! the point was Rihanna is a flop on the albums front and still can outsell Dangerously In Love after 11 years of her career. Deal with it in your own time boo!

      • HailBeysus May 8, 2016

        Loud (2010)
        Worldwide Sales: 6.3 million

        Australia. 3x Platinum
        Austria. 1x Gold
        Belgium. 1x Platinum
        Brazil. 1x Platinum
        Canada. 3x Platinum
        Denmark. 1x Platinum
        Germany. 3x Gold
        Hungary. 1x Gold
        Ireland. 5x Platinum
        Italy. 1x Platinum
        Japan. 1x Gold
        Poland. 3x Platinum
        Russia. 1x Gold
        Spain. 1x Gold
        Sweden. 2x Platinum
        Switzerland. 2x Platinum
        United Kingdom. 6x Platinum
        United States. 1x Platinum
        Those are the biggest Music Markets
        Considering the rest of the music markets you can literally top charts with sales of only 1,500 to 25,000 Lol! I highly doubt she sold 10m WW. The receipts show her at 6m WW.

      • Annalise May 8, 2016

        OOOOOPS CLOCKEDT! they’re even lower than I thought, KIIIII !

      • HailBeysus May 8, 2016

        Kiii sis! The slavi always inflating RihwHóreanña’s numbers to the size of her forehead! Im still trying to figure out how the Navy claimed she sold 177m Records last year around Nov fast forward 4 months her sales are at 230m records and she’s’the 2nd best selling artists’ of all time. ?

    • Rihboy May 8, 2016

      Shouldn’t you be more focused on your face spending a short lived week at number 1 ???

      • Annalise May 8, 2016

        1 week out of 2 weeks of availability? Right that’s a ‘flop’ by the slaví’s haphazard logic, in spite of the fact that Beyonce outsold FLOPti in a matter of days and didn’t need a multi-million dollar sponsor to help her out!

  14. DIABETIC STROKE May 8, 2016

    Congrats to Drake! But i dont see consistant sells. I do like that Bey has some competition as usual unlike rih whom debuts on COAST CLEAR dates only these days. 20 songs is way too many tho imo. Doing the math id say Lemonade sold 550 k its first 7 days so drake sold a full 300k more. Thats impressive but we also must consider the fact bey had no release date set the tidal exclusive and the free movie twice 2nights that weekend. Plus no hit or promo beys sells will still be consistant The tour will keep sells afloat. Im sure more dates will be added overseas.

    • Incredible May 8, 2016

      Says the b**** that comments on gayporn sites

    • Jay_Scorpio_Navy_2005 May 8, 2016

      You clearly haven’t done your homework…. Majority of Rihanna’s albums have always been release in November when there have been other big name releases… Rihanna’s team knows her albums do fade from the charts they sell consistently so they aren’t focus on Number 1 albums.

      How many Number One albums does Celine or Whitney have??? Yet they are some of the best selling artists of all time


  15. *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016


  16. Suicide Blonde May 8, 2016

    Music is so uninteresting these days, it’s quite sad ?

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016


      • Suicide Blonde May 8, 2016

        You guys are crazy, lol.

  17. LB May 8, 2016

    In the meantime, the Carter flop is serially delayed and nowhere to be seen. Wayne more interested in serving subpoenas instead of serving tracks.

    He might as well flop and get it over and done with.

  18. LB May 8, 2016

    And I still cannot believe Drake ended Koolaid’s hype just like that. Not when Madame Yonce did the most, from publicly shaming her husband, seeking her swines onto innocent people’s instagrams and struggling for 700k viewers on a free HBO night, I just cannot, I just literally can’t.

    • The?Impact May 8, 2016

      The delusion…

  19. King B May 8, 2016

    GGGB- 99 weeks
    Loud- 75 weeks
    UNA- 65 weeks
    TTT- 55 weeks
    AGLM/RR- 45 weeks
    MOTS- 35 weeks

    Aaliyah-68 weeks
    Age ain’t ….. -37 weeks
    One in a million- 67
    I care for you- 26


  20. The?Impact May 8, 2016

    Lol at the haters relying on Chart News ????????????? THATS where you get your facts from??? ?????????? BEYONCE has clearly sold 5 mill due to around 3 mill being sold in the US alone! ????????????

  21. LB May 8, 2016

    As expected from Beyonce stans, disgusting.

  22. LB May 8, 2016

    You expect us to believe that lie? You guys lied about DIL selling 11 million, just like you lied about B’Day selling 8 million.

    • Papí May 8, 2016

      Please shut the f*** up. You are annoying.

  23. LB May 8, 2016

    The best thing about the Anti era is how mad, steamed and pressed it has made the hive. I love the fact that they cannot talk about Yonce without bringing Rihanna’s name up.


    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016

      Why is your fave shaped like a refrigerator? All that camel but no toe?????

    • The?Impact May 8, 2016

      And no one is clearly buying Anti cause it’s at #40 on UK iTunes…. That ? burst ages ago along with the hype…

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016

      Your faves titties are flatter than her vocals I see why you mad????

  24. Briano May 8, 2016

    Beyonce is a known liar all her stats are suspect

    • Papí May 8, 2016

      Beyonce does not lie. If she was a legit liar she would have been successfully sued b****.!no one…. No ONE HAS SUED HER SUCCESFUULLY.

  25. DIABETIC STROKE May 8, 2016

    LEMONADE… KOOL AID… SUGAR WATER ETC already outsold Anti in the US UK & WW. it has also sold 800k by the end of this tracking wk in PURE SALES. It in only 4 days sold 710k ww & 100 k UK by now its well over 1 mill ww & will outsell Views & go back to #1 US. Theres nothing wrong with healthy competition but lets not get delusional. Self titled outsold drakes last album in 2023. Lemonade will be a consistant seller it only droped 30% this week from last track wk. Drakes decline is 67%

  26. King B May 8, 2016

    Its okay for them to believe Aaliyah sold 13 million but not Beyonce with 11 million. One thing for sure, Beyoncé is a global superstar. EVEN BIGGER THAN RIHANNA

    • Papí May 8, 2016

      Beyonce is blobal. She is the go too. I like Rihanna but she isn’t Beyonce. Never will be.

  27. Rosie May 8, 2016

    Congrats to Drake! Unfortunately the drop next week looks huge? He really needs to improve as an artist FAST before he ends up like Wayne.
    Also death! at the Coast Guard running in here calling Lemonade a flop as usual like cAnti’s certifications don’t come purely from streaming and Samsung being desperate to “buy” those copies from Tidal.

    • King B May 8, 2016

      They will say Bey “buy” her own albums, but we all know who spend 25 million to cover up their flop.

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016

      Stfu Thotsie you’re forever clinging to other artists worry about why Lana’s last two albums flopped

      • Rosie May 8, 2016

        Stop raping my reply button and go finish your shift at IHOP. It’s Mother’s Day. Pretty sure you need those extra tips.

  28. King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016

    I believe Aaliyah sold 14 million WW because that album was sold out of print 3 times. You can’t find any of her albums I’m stores, yet you’ll find all of Beyonce albums collecting dust. Deal with it. That sugar water lost steam in less than a week. That’s a flop, flop album, canceled shows,Flop HBO premier, flop non #1 singles (again). Anti is doing what it’s supposed to do, breaking the rules and pushing the new.

    • *NAME REMOVED* May 8, 2016

      Did you recognize Aaliyah in that link I posted?

    • Papí May 8, 2016

      Please shush the f*** up, you bitter basic b****. Beyonce is the goat and you will deal.

  29. HailBeysus May 8, 2016

    Thotliyah ain’t eva have no album sell 14m WW. Her Total album sales are 17m WW and her total record sales are between. 21-27 million KIII!!!
    Do I need to clock a bitxh again and pull receipts like last time!?!?!?!?

    • Molly May 8, 2016

      Graveliyah? How tacky can you get?

      • HailBeysus May 8, 2016

        Honey your entire existence defines Tacky! Just look at you desperately wanting to be Molly.

      • Jackson 5 Nostrils (Tyler) May 8, 2016

        ^This is coming from a full blown racist^

        Lol I CANT! I SHAN’T! AND I WONT !!!!!

      • Jackson 5 Nostrils (Tyler) May 8, 2016

        Don’t mind Molly “The Proud Biracial”

      • HailBeysus May 8, 2016

        @Tyler, you’re right! I need to leave it be in the Abyss for Irrelevants. IT IS DONE! #poordat

  30. WINTZ May 8, 2016

    Wow. Dethroned by a rapper. LemonaFADE era has been officially ended. #GoneWithTheWind woooosh!!
    There are no songs that will even carry this album to higher heights. Loool The struggle on the charts is real.
    Anti holding its top 5 position firmly. Lemons are so slippery these days. Kiiii

  31. Jackson 5 Nostrils (Tyler) May 8, 2016

    MESS @ “I believe Aaliyah sold 14 million WW”

    Well, nobody else does lol. She was definitely the Ciara of her time.

  32. HailBeysus May 8, 2016

    If selling 120k-130k in PURE SALES is irrelevant than WTF DO YOI CALL ANTISUCCESS 3rd WEEK SALES????
    “This week, Rihanna launched to No. 1, moving 124,000 pure album sales or 166,000 that includes streaming. However, the hype quickly died down as Hits Daily Double reports she should amass around 40-45K albums (or 65-70K streaming plus sales) in its third charting week.”

  33. DIABETIC STROKE May 8, 2016

    Anti & Lemonade are almost exact oposites. While both push boundaries. Anti is smooth sometimed edgy sometimes catchy sometimes Dark R&B. That is Anti-Christ lol the titles are like opposites too LEMONADE/Christ compared to ANTICHRIST. But content wise both titles contridict. ANTI CHRIST is mostly R&B while Lemonade is everything but! Its way darker and more complicated & challanges the listener. Lol Bey beat rih at her own game Raegae Rock Country piano driven soul/pop & Trap. Once again bey beat rih at her own game with an album almost 0% R&B. Rih tried to do R&B like bey and FAILED miserably with a #1 dancehall hit. Bey release a half rock/Trap album and slays ANTI-Christ which should have been way darker & edgier. 800k pure sales 3 Weeks >>> 380k pure sales 3 months. Rihs tour Floped b4 it even bagan & reviews were lukewarm at best. Idk why its still top 5.

  34. Anti- garbage singing vioces May 8, 2016

    His album is pure trash, really pure trash.

  35. Keri Qween May 8, 2016

    Omg he slayed Lemonade

    Itll take her a month to sell his first week sales kiiiii and he has six consecutive #1 albums..so why is it such a big deal when the thief doe it…he is the most relevant one from young money the others are washed

    • King Mark111 /.\ May 8, 2016


    • #KenyaInFormation May 9, 2016

      You can’t read or what? His debut album was not a number one and Kii to keri coming to Kenya promoting a damn singing competition. Like, this is her only playing area, DAMN Kenya

  36. No favs, just here for the music May 8, 2016

    KING of the charts. Congratulations Drake!!!

  37. Papí May 8, 2016

    I’ve sat here and watched you guys the last 4 years. I’m tired of y’all coming for bey.

  38. The Kpop Guy, Matt~ May 8, 2016

    LOL looks like the Lemon essence Era ended faster than any kelly Rowland Era, faster than hail beysus can run to lick Analese’ áss, for Bey to pop her beef curtains on stage and for lana to down her next drink.

  39. DIABETIC STROKE May 8, 2016

    The haters will be singing a diffrent tune when Drake declines to 50k/WK while beys #1 again. *SIPS 1 PINT OF SUGARLESS LEMONADE*

  40. LOL May 8, 2016


  41. Annalise May 9, 2016

    JESUS CHRIST does Fatt-the-prawncracker-eating-phaag EVER stop obsessing over me KII. He’s so fücking ugly I wanna punch his mum in the face for ever spreading her legs open, and I WISH chav-crackhead would say sumthin! p****-ass-b*tches 😆

  42. King B May 9, 2016

    US 3 mil, UK 300k, that 3.3++million. So another 10 milion came from? Don’t tell me another 5 million is from Japan.

  43. Anti- garbage singing vioces May 9, 2016

    Funny 2 see how Rihanna fans, Queen Beyonce haters are suddenly a Drake fan, really suddenly. Yep they know their favorite cannot handle Queen Beyonce. And Drake will be n3 next week while Beyonce will be 1 again. Drake album is pure trash and I like Drake.

  44. Anti- garbage singing vioces May 9, 2016

    Beyoncé and Rihanna will both be performing in Dallas this week!
    Beyoncé- 80k
    Rihanna- 18k

    • Nigeria loves rihanna May 9, 2016

      Thrashyonce is not sold our in Dallas while legend Rihanna is sold out. Thrashyonce being rejected in her own hometown town

  45. Jj May 9, 2016

    Funny how y’all so invested in how much money other people are making. Stop bragging about what rihanna and Beyonce accomplished and find something, do something to brag about yourself.

  46. zeroing ivy bloper tran anti girl lemond time May 9, 2016

    Good for Drake

  47. Anna June 3, 2016


  48. todd June 22, 2016

    That sugar water lost steam in less than a week. That’s a flop, flop album, canceled shows,Flop HBO premier, flop non #1 singles (again).

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