"Views" pulls ahead of Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" to solely claim the third-most weeks at No. 1 by a hip-hop album.
For a ninth week in a row, Drake's Views holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Views pulls ahead of Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (with eight weeks at No. 1) to solely claim the third-most weeks at No. 1 by a hip-hop album. Ahead of Views are Vanilla Ice's To the Extreme (16 weeks at No. 1 in 1990 and 1991) and MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em (21 weeks in 1990).
Views earned 111,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 30, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 25,000 were in traditional album sales. The bulk of Views units were driven by streaming equivalent album units (67,000), owed to the album's popularity on streaming services.
Views debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has yet to leave the top slot.
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). The new July 16-dated chart (where Views is No. 1 for a ninth week) will be posted in full to Billboard's websites on Wednesday, July 6. (One day later than usual, owed to the Independence Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, July 4.)
Views also spent the most weeks atop the chart for an album by a man in over 10 years. The last album by a man to spend at least nine weeks at No. 1 was Usher's Confessions, which racked up a total of nine nonconsecutive frames at in the penthouse in 2004.
Views has the longest consecutive rule atop the chart since Adele's 21 spent 10 weeks in a row at No. 1 between the Jan. 14 and March 17, 2012-dated charts.
Impressively, in the last 10 years, the only albums to spend at least nine weeks at No. 1 are Views, two albums by Adele (25, with 10 weeks, and 21 with 24), two albums by Taylor Swift (Fearless and 1989, each with 11) and the Frozen soundtrack (13).
Further, the last time an album by a man tallied nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 was way back in 1992, when Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All accumulated 17 weeks at No. 1 -- all in a row.