Drake’s Views album remains dominant on streaming services
Once again, there is a brand-new album on the Billboard chart that has sold more copies than any other LP. And once again it has been blocked from No. 1 thanks to Drake’s enormous popularity on streaming services. Needtobreathe, a Christian rock band that once served as an opening act for Taylor Swift, sold 46,000 copies of “Hard Love” (Atlantic), more than any other album this week, according to Nielsen. But with just 3.7 million streams, it was stalled at No. 2. Drake sold just 16,000 copies of “Views” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic), but songs from the album were streamed 85.5 million times in its 12th week out, giving “Views” its 11th week at No. 1. That is the most weeks that any album has racked up in the top slot since Swift’s “1989,” which came out in late 2014 and had a total of 11 weeks at No. 1 through 2015.