With all the hype surrounding Views (and so, so many memes), it was no doubt one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The track list was stacked with collaborations with Rihanna, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Future and that production value though. But Views wasn’t the only release people were waiting on… Beyonce and Chance The Rapper also made their 2016 album drop debuts around the same time. So how’s the view for Drake when stacked against other top contenders?
Drake wasn’t too far off when he said “First place, first place man we can’t be tied for it.” Currently at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, Views sold 851,000 within its first week…more than half of that sold on the first day available. Insane.
He also stole the Billboard Top 100 spot with “One Dance” ft. WizKid and Kyla (he also has 19 other songs on the Hot 100 right now, just in case anyone wasn’t keeping count). Needless to say the King of the 6 is also reigning from the charts with no competition in sight. But read on.
Beyonce’s Lemonade cuts it close in second place. With 575,000 copies sold in its first week, it didn’t outsell Views but was enough to launch it to the top of charts as well as every media outlet imaginable. Lemonade made its debut through its same-named film which premiered on HBO. The visual album was at first exclusively available only through Tidal, her husband Jay Z’s streaming service.Her last album was about being drunk in love and now we’re given lemonade, the chaser for a bitter love drink. Lemonade was such a personal, and emotional release for the superstar which many albums cannot elicit the same response from…that’s an accomplishment in its own right. Would the project have produced higher numbers and knocked Drake off his “view from the top” if released through a traditional avenue?
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Chance The Rapper “Coloring Book”
And who is to say Coloring Books are just for kids? Chance The Rapper hit the Billboard Hot 200 at #8 in his first week, which is a major win for a mixtape in our opinion. This album probably had the most surprising, and stacked, collaborations on it; we hear Future, Kanye, Justin Bieber and 2 Chainz as well as the Chicago Children’s Choir all on the same album. An artist with that much diversity in his sound deserves his spot as a headline holder.
The album was released exclusively on Apple Music for streaming. According to iTunes, Coloring Book was reportedly streamed 57.3 million times via Apple Music in its first week. That equals out to roughly 40,000 units sold of an album. So while it won’t beat hip-hop phonemes Drake or Bey in this article, Coloring Book did claim the title for “first stream-only album release” to make it on Billboard’s Top 200.
It was also just announced Chance’s mix tape will be “released everywhere soon.” We will keep you all updated as the numbers for this rolls in and adds up!
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