Drake's unbeatable fourth studio record, Views, may be dethroned after a staggering nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Since the album's April release it has been cemented at the top thanks to strong streaming activity (having 245.1 million streams in its first week alone). Blink-182 just released their seventh album California, and it's headed for a No. 1 debut on the Top 200 with the tracking week ending Thursday, July 7.
California is predicted to move around 150,000 total equivalent units when Billboard refreshes charts on July 12. Should the album push Views down to No. 2 and have a No. 1 set, it will be the second time the band landed at the top. Their first collection of songs to hit the top was 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket selling 350,000 copies in its first week (it would go on to sell 14 million worldwide). Those days of high selling numbers are gone as the chart now includes streaming and individual track downloads in an ever-changing musical landscape. Blink-182 has had six top 10 albums including 2011's Neighborhoods which reached No. 2.
The set was kicked off by lead single "Bored to Death" released on April 27. It spent a second week at No. 1 on Alternative Songs is their first No. 1 song since 2004's "I Miss You."
Drake's Views is expected to move 120,000 units. That would be up from the current chartings where he pulled in 111,000 units with 25,000 being in actual album sales. California would break the longtime streak that has been stacking up accomplishments against some of the best and most iconic in music. The latest charting puts Drake in a tie with Michael Jackson for longest running consecutive No. 1s on both the Top 200 and the Hot 100 songs listing (for "One Dance").
Blink-182 will tour into the fall to promote the record.
Tracking weeks run from Friday through Thursday since a global release date change in July 2015.