No need for a dramatic, life altering introductory sentence. Unsurprisingly, Drake spends a sixth week at no. 1 with Views. Views has been insurmountable thanks to the power of streaming – the gift that keeps on giving to Drizzy. According to Billboard, Views moved 135,000 units, though a mere 24% of that total was pure sales. Yikes! That means that once again, Views wasn’t the top-selling album. So who had the top-selling album? That would be rock veteran Paul Simon.
Paul Simon’s “cool” Stranger to Stranger performed well, considering Simon hasn’t released an album in five years and that he’s 74 years old. Stranger landed at no. 3, behind Drake and Beyoncé, to the tune of 68,000 units. Like most older artists, Simon’s totals are nearly all comprised of pure sales. That means, had Billboard not adopted the new method, Simon would’ve been sitting pretty at no. 1. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
While Drake and Paul Simon are the biggest stories this week, there are some other newbies to mention. Volbeat’s awesomely titled Seal the Deal Let’s Boogie secures fourth place (51,000 units, 94% pure sales). Maren Morris, who we raved about, saw Hero debut at no. 5 (45,000 units, 82% pure sales). Not to be left out, country duo Dan + Shay’s Obsessed nabs a ‘piece of the pie’ at no. 8 (33,000 units, 79% pure sales).
Beyond Drake and Beyoncé’s continual dominance and four new albums, the rest of the top 10 is predictable. Rihanna (Anti), Ariana Grande (Dangerous Woman), Blake Shelton (If I’m Honest), and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface) fill out the remaining spots in that order. That means that Dierks Bentley (Black) and Fifth Harmony (7/27) drop out of the top 10 after just one week. OUCH!
On the Billboard Hot 100, Drake continues his dominance as “One Dance” spends a fifth week at no. 1. Who’s the competition that once more were unable to beat Drizzy? Desiigner’s “Panda” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Yep, nothing new here!
Who will add some spice to the Billboard 200? Nick Jonas is certainly a candidate with Last Year Was Complicated, as will Jon Bellion’s The Human Condition. Besides those two, a number of other releases should also impact the chart. Will Nick Jonas, arguably the surest bet, be able to beat the invincible Drake on the Billboard 200? It’s doubtful, but only time will tell.