On the Charts: Drake Fends Off ‘Dangerous Woman’ to Stay Number One
Classic rockers – Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch – all score Top 10 debuts with new LPs
Drake’s ViewsÂ stayedÂ Number One on the Billboard 200 for a fourth straight week, fending off heavy competition in the form of a pair of new releases, Ariana Grande‘s Dangerous WomanÂ and Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest.
In its fourth week of release, Views racked up another 189,000 total copies ”“ although only 50,000 of that figure was from traditional album sales; the rest came from Stream Equivalent Albums, or SEAs ”“ to remain in the top spot.
Grande’s Dangerous Woman had to settle for Number Two and 175,000 total copies, 129,000 of which were actual album sales. Although Dangerous Woman didn’t reach the Billboard 200 heights of her first two albums ”“ 2013’s Yours Truly and 2014’s My Everything both peaked at Number One ”“ Grande’s latest LP did improve on My Everything‘s first week sales by roughly 6,000 copies.
Shelton’s If I’m Honest came in at Number Three with 170,000 total copies. While the country singer had to settle for third place on the Billboard 200, he can take consolation in the fact that If I’m Honest was the week’s best-selling album, with 153,000 copies sold; the rest of the 170,000 came from bulk song purchases and streams.
BeyoncÃ©’s Lemonade finished the week at Number Four while Rihanna’s Anti‘s held Number Five, but after that, classic rockers dominated the lower half of the Top 10.
Eric Clapton’s new LP I Still DoÂ entered the Billboard 200 at Number Six and 46,000 copies. The guitar god was narrowly trailed by Bob Dylan, whose second collection of Sinatra classics, Fallen Angels, grabbed Number Seven with 42,000 copies sold. Further down, Tom PettyÂ and his Mudcrutch closed out the Top 10 as their 2 moved 33,000 albums in its first week of release.
Filling out the Top 10 were Meghan Trainor’s Thank You at Number Eight and Adele’s 25 at Nine.