Drake topped the Billboard 200 for the eighth consecutive week as his Views sold an addition 124,000 copies to remain at Number One. Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway kept this week's top spot a nail-biter until the end, but the band's latest LP fell 6,000 copies short of Views' total.
However, the Peppers technically lodged the week's best-selling album with 108,000 in traditional album sales; Views' 33,000 in pure album sales was once again boosted by immense streaming numbers. For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, The Getaway matched the Number Two peak of I'm With You and By the Way. RHCP's only Number One LP comes courtesy of Stadium Arcadium, Billboard reports.
Views becomes only the fourth hip-hop release ever to notch at least eight weeks atop the Billboard 200, joining Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (eight weeks), Vanilla Ice's To the Extreme (16 weeks) and MC Hammer's Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, which spent a remarkable 21 weeks at Number One.
Beyoncé's Lemonade moved up to Number Three while the Hamilton Broadway cast recording dropped one spot following its huge Tony Awards week to Number Four. Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool blasted back into the Top 10 with 48,000 total copies thanks to a pair of boosters, the album's physical release as well as its availability on Spotify.
Besides The Getaway, two more new releases cracked the Top 10: YG's Still Brazy entered at Number Six and 38,000 total copies and Mumford & Sons' Johannesburg EP debuted at Number Nine with 36,000 copies. Between them, Rihanna's Anti finished at Seven and Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface nabbed Eight. Meghan Trainor's Thank You closed out the Top 10.
Next week, the Avett Brothers' True Sadness will become the latest new release to attempt to dethrone Drake on the Billboard 200.
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