It was all but certain that Drake's Views From the 6 would not hold onto its reign of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with the release of Blink-182's seventh album. The rock band's seventh set, California, was predicted to knock Drake out of the top spot after leading for nine consecutive weeks and on the July 12 chart refresh, the new album will debut at No. 1 with more than originally predicted.
California opens its debut week with 186,000 total units including sales, streaming units and track downloads. In actual sales, the album moved 172,000 copies which also will make it the best-selling album of the week on Top Album Sales, a chart created when the chart formula was altered in December 2014. California was expected to debut with 150,000 equivalent units. It becomes the band's second No. 1 album in their career that spans back to the 1990s. Their first album to hit No. 1 was 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket with a total of seven top 10 albums. Their top 10's go back to 1999's Enema of the State which peaked at No. 9. It is also Blink-182's largest sales week since 2003's self-titled album which sold 313,000 copies in its debut week, back when sales were the only factor counting towards the Top 200 Albums chart.
The new album has the third largest sales for a rock album in 2016. California trails two other recognizable names in the business. Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool debuted at No. 3 with 173,000 in sales (181,000 total units) and the late David Bowie's Blackstar became the icon's first No. 1 album in the U.S. shortly after his 69th birthday and his passing with 174,000 in sales (also 181,000 units in total).
Blink-182 breaks Drake's No. 1 streak on the Top 200 Albums. The album was released in April and since has spent nine consecutive weeks at the top. The set was predicted to move 120,000 equivalent units and fell just short of that number with 117,000. His lead consisted of mostly streaming units week after week as sales made up a small fraction. In its ninth week, Views and lead single "One Dance" tied Michael Jackson for seven consecutive weeks holding onto the top of the albums chart along with the Hot 100 songs chart. Also last week, Adele returned to the top 10 with her third record 25. The mega successful set was finally released to streaming services after seven months exclusively for sale as an album or track downloads. It remains at No. 7 with 32,000 units.
Sales and streaming tracking weeks run Friday through Thursday with charts updating every Tuesday.