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Drake’s ‘Views’ is Nielsen’s #1 Album of 2016

While fans are patiently awaiting the release of ‘More Life’, ‘Views’ is still pulling in accolades.

According to Nielsen Music (and many others), ‘Views’ was the most popular release in the U.S. for 2016. The company goes on to report that ‘Views’ obtained 4.14 million equivalent album units, with 1.61 million coming from traditional album sales.

Additionally, ‘Views’ spent a whopping 13 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. ‘One Dance’ feat. WizKid & Kyla spent 10 weeks at #1 and was Drake’s first #1 as a lead artist on the Hot 100.

Furthermore, ‘Views’ streaming power was a force to be reckoned with. The album earned 2.02 million in streaming equivalent album units in 2016, which equaled 3.04 billion streams for the album’s tracks during 2016. Down below, you can see just how the data breaks down and how his competitors stacked up. Congratulations and well wishes for more success to Drake!

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2016 IN U.S., BY TOTAL EQUIVALENT ALBUM UNITS 
Rank Artist, Title Total Units Album Sales TEA Units SEA Units
1 Drake, Views 4,140,000 1,607,000 509,000 2,024,000
2 Adele, 25 2,369,000 1,731,000 333,000 305,000
3 Beyonce, Lemonade 2,187,000 1,554,000 418,000 214,000
4 Rihanna, Anti 1,966,000 603,000 420,000 944,000
5 Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface 1,732,000 738,000 379,000 615,000
6 Justin Bieber, Purpose 1,678,000 554,000 399,000 724,000
7 Chris Stapleton, Traveller 1,421,000 1,085,000 171,000 165,000
8 Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical 1,327,000 820,000 44,000 463,000
9 Soundtrack, Suicide Squad: The Album 1,126,000 472,000 310,000 345,000
10 Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman 1,070,000 322,000 281,000 467,000

To check out how Drake ranks on the rest of the Nielsen Charts, please click here!

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