Three press releases — from three different artists’ camps — crossed our inboxes this week, with all claiming bragging rights for the current Number One album. So, who’s to be believed? All three of them.
Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest is tops in country music and in physical album sales of all genres. With 153,000 copies sold, the LP is Number One on Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart and has the best first-week sales of any country album released this year. The country superstar also sits atop Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with “Came Here to Forget.”
Ariana Grande’s third album, Dangerous Woman has the best global digital sales this week. It’s Number One on iTunes in more than 70 countries — with more than 175,000 copies sold in the U.S. alone. Grande’s new LP is second only to Beyoncé’s Lemonade when it comes to first-week sales for a female artist in 2016.
But when you add up all the numbers, Drake’s Views is Number One across the board. The rap superstar dominates the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth straight week. That chart takes into account traditional album sales (both physical and digital), along with on-demand streams. Views is the first album by a male artist since Michael Bublé’s 2011 Christmas LP to top the Billboard 200 for four consecutive weeks.