Drake's fourth proper studio LP Views From the 6 was released in April 2016 and had become one of the best performing albums of the year early on. The album spent twelve weeks at the peak position of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart before being knocked down for seven weeks. Competing against a slew of new releases by major names in the business, it has mostly been fueled by streaming units--not enough activity to hold onto the No. 1 slot. Now, the album is back at No. 1 for a 13th non-consecutive week.
Views From the 6 had no major competition for the previous week and allowed the set to move up once more. Views moved 53,000 total units. Of that, only 8,000 were in actual sales while the set saw 57.4 million streams for the tracking week. It was yet again the album with the most streamed tracks from the set. Back in May, Views debuted at No. 1 on the Top 200 with 1.04 total units with 852,000 being in sales. It's the lowest week for unit equivalents for a No. 1 album since Rihanna released Anti which reached the top with 54,000 units.
Since its release, Views From the 6 has received over one billion streams via Apple Music. It's the top streamed album in the new era of music consumption. Along with moving back to No. 1 on the Top 200, Drake released "Please Forgive Me," a 23-minute video available via Apple.
Last week, Jason Aldean released his new record They Don't Know and debuted at No. 1. It opened with 138,000 units and 131,000 of that in sales. Since Dec. 2014, streaming units and track downloads are incorporated into the formula for the chart. Every 1,500 streams equals one album unit and ten track downloads also equals one album unit. Sales however still has the heaviest of weight deciding who will top the tally. They Don't Know now drops to No. 6 with a mere 37,000 total units, a near 75 percent drop compared to its opening frame.