It was more than certain that Drake would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with his fourth full length studio album Views From the 6. The final numbers are calculated and it's official--Views From the 6 debuts at No. 1 on the May 10 refresh with more than originally anticipated for both sales and equivalent units. Previously, it was estimated that the set would move 900,000 units with 800,000 in sales.
Views which was released exclusively to Apple Music and iTunes on April 29 moved a total of 1.04 million units, the highest since Adele's 25 in its fifth week totalling 1.19 million units (the album could only have units from sales and individual track downloads as it was not available for streaming). Of that significant number, Drake's Views was able to sell 852,000 in actual album sales via the iTunes store.
The album's unit streams totalled 245.1 million. Each streaming unit comes from 1,500 streams from an album, a change that took place in December 2014. That number sets the record for the most streams in a week, besting Beyoncé's 115.2 million in the week of her latest release Lemonade.
Views From the 6 is Drake's sixth consecutive No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums chart. That includes both the mixtape albums released in 2015, If You're Reading This It's Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive with Future. Those two sets opened with 535,000 units (495,000 in sales) and 375,000 units (334,000 in sales) respectively. All but one of Drake's projects has reached No. 1, his debut EP So Far Gone reaching No. 6 on the Top 200.
Beyoncé has been pushed to No. 2 but still was able to draw in solid numbers for both equations of the formula. Lemonade opened with a whopping 653,000 units with 485,000 in pure album sales. Those numbers were also an underestimated prediction. The set however dropped as most albums do unless you're Adele or Taylor Swift. Lemonade moved 321,000 equivalents with 196,000 in sales. Thanks to having such a strong streaming presence on Tidal where it's exclusively available to stream, every single song from the album charted on the Hot 100 with "Formation" reaching a new peak of No. 10 last week.
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