Drake Still Tops, Ariana Grande Settles For No. 2 On The Billboard 200

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For the first time in her short career, Ariana Grande misses the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.  Grande’s third album, Dangerous Woman, settles for no. 2 behind Drake’s seemingly unstoppable ViewsViews once more WASN’T the top selling album – neither was Dangerous Woman for that matter – but continues to thrive off streams and track sales, hence beating Dangerous Woman on the Billboard 200.  Views moved 189,000 units compared to Dangerous Woman’s 175,000 units.  Drake’s sales only comprised of 26% of his overall totals, while Grande’s sales comprised a stronger 74%. 

To reiterate, neither Drake or Ariana Grade had the week’s top-selling` album, which makes this week’s chart so unique.  Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest actually sold the most albums, hence like Beyoncé’s Lemonade last week, tops the Top Album Sales chart, formerly the chart named the Billboard 200. Confused yet?  If I’m Honest ultimately settles for no. 3 on the Billboard 200, which seems disappointing for Shelton considering he sold 153,000 copies, though his overall total fell short at 170,000 units, behind Drake (189,000) and Grande (175,000).  Weird! 

Beyond the top three, things settle down.  Starting with the remainder of the newbies, a pair of veteran land at nos. 6 and 7 respectively.  Eric Clapton wins the race as I Still Do moves 46,000 units. Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels moves a respectable 42,000 units.  According to Billboard, in both cases, most of the “units” are actually “pure sales.”  Compared to the 50,000 copies that Drake’s Views sold, Clapton and Dylan aren’t far off.  One last newbie, Mudcrutch’s 2 lands at no. 10 with 33,000 units, again with nearly all being sales. 

Beyond the newbies, there’re some interesting storylines with those who’ve been active within the top 10.  Beyoncé’s Lemonade slipped to no. 4, but still continues to pack a punch.  The same for Rihanna’s Anti, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA at the end of April and continues to impact the top of the charts. Meghan Trainor likely wishes she could have Beyoncé or Rihanna’s fortunes or better yet, the fortunes of her debut album as Thank You slipped from no. 3 to no. 8 in week two.  Adele returns “home” with 25.  

With all the fun of this week’s Billboard 200, “who’s got next” next week? Dierks Bentley (Black) and Fifth Harmony (7/27) should put up some numbers with the question ultimately being how much.  Neither act has debuted at no. 1.  While Bentley has had a couple of gold and platinum singles – including most recently “Somewhere On A Beach” – one has to look back to Bentley’s 2006 album Long Trip Alone to find an album certified by the RIAA (it was a gold album).  As for Fifth Harmony, the newer, cooler act, debut album Reflection was certified gold in February 2016, while single “Work From Home” featuring Ty Dolla Sign has already received platinum certification. 

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