The official numbers have come in for Drake‘s first week with his ‘VIEWS’ album and as expected, it debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200.
Counting streams, Drake managed to sell 1.04 million copies of ‘VIEWS’ within the first week. Without streams, Drake still managed to sell 852,000 copies which is a personal best for him out of all his projects. ‘VIEWS’ is his sixth consecutive #1 album.
‘Views’ first week is a personal best sales week for Drake, the largest for any album in 2016, and the biggest for a male artist in over three years. The last album by a male to have a bigger sales week was Justin Timberlake with ‘The 20/20 Experience’ back in 2013 which sold 968,000 copies.
According to Billboard,
“The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
“Views’ songs were streamed a record 245.1 million times in the U.S. during the tracking week. That sum includes plays of the album’s songs on Apple Music, as well as the handful of songs from the set that were available at other streaming services like Spotify. Previously, the biggest week for streams from an album was Justin Bieber’s Purpose, which racked up just over 100 million plays for its songs during it debut week (ending Nov. 19, 2015).
Views’ 245.1 million streams for its songs equates to 163,392 SEA units. (Each SEA unit represents 1,500 streams.)
Overall, Views’ overall units (album sales, TEA and SEA combined) is the largest for any album in 2016, and the biggest since Adele’s 25 collected 1.19 million units in its fifth week of release (week ending Dec. 24, 2015).”
Congrats to Drake!