Drake‘s new LP ‘Views’ is to spend its sixth week atop the Billboard 200…even though it isn’t the highest-selling project of the week.
Streaming-based confusion below…
This week, the album is set to top the tally thanks to streams it has garnered as his cut ‘One Dance‘ continues to rock radio globally.
Why this is set to rub Beyonce the wrong way? Her new album ‘Lemonade’ is outselling his.
Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 130-140k
Beyoncé (Columbia) 68-73k
*Paul Simon (Concord) 60-65k
*Volbeat (Republic) 45-50k
*Maren Morris (Sony Music Nashville) 40-45k
Rihanna (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 37-41k
Ariana Grande (Republic) 36-40k
Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 31-35k
*Dan + Shay (Warner Bros. Nashville) 29-33k
*Tegan and Sara (Warner Bros.) 26-30k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 26-30k
Twenty One Pilots (Fueled by Ramen) 25-28k
Dierks Bentley (Capitol Nashville) 23-26k
Meghan Trainor (Epic) 23-26k
Fifth Harmony (Epic) 22-25k
*Paul Simon (Concord) 59-64k
Beyoncé (Columbia) 46-50k
*Volbeat (Republic) 43-47k
*Maren Morris (Sony Music Nashville) 42-46k
Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 29-33k
*Tegan and Sara (Warner Bros.) 24-27k
*Dan + Shay (Warner Bros. Nashville) 22-25k
Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 21-24k
Dierks Bentley (Capitol Nashville) 17-20k
*Hellyeah (Eleven Seven) 17-20k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 16-19k
Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville) 12-15k
Prince (Warner Bros.) 11-14k
Now 58 (NOW) 11-14k
Ariana Grande (Republic) 11-14k
Sans streaming points, Drake’s ‘VIEWS’ slips to #5 and Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ remains at #2.
In fact, Bey’s set stands as one of four albums that chart above Drake’s LP on a sales front, led by Paul Simon’s ‘Concord’ which is actually the highest-selling project in the U.S. this week.
Things are even more problematic when one takes a look at Rihanna‘s digits.
For, once streaming units garnered by her project ‘ANTI’ are removed, the release slips out of the Top Ten.
Where it sits armed with streams? #6.