Charts: Drake's 'Views' Retains Top Spot, Radiohead Number Three - Rolling Stone
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On the Charts: Drake, Beyonce, Radiohead Squeeze Bieber From Top 10

‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ gives Radiohead best first week sales since 2003

Drake held onto his throne atop the Billboard 200 for a second straight week despite heavy competition. The rapper’s Views sold 219,000 total copies – a combination of “pure album sales” and grouped streaming totals – in its second week of release to officially push it past the platinum mark in terms of actual album sales. Views is the first 2016 release to sell over a million copies, Billboard reports.

Beyoncé‘s Lemonade clung to Number Two for the second straight week with an addition 202,000 total copies sold as the singer’s latest inches toward the platinum club. Beyoncé held off Radiohead, whose new LP A Moon Shaped Pool sold 173,000 copies in its shortened debut week; since the album arrived Sunday and not the industry standard Friday, Pool had two less days of accrued sales compared to its competitors.

While Pool didn’t reach Number One like In Rainbows in 2008, the band’s new album was Radiohead’s best opening week in sales since Hail to the Thief chalked up 300,000 copies in its debut week in 2003. The band’s next two albums, In Rainbows and 2011’s The King of Limbs, were originally distributed through unconventional means. That was eventually followed by a traditional, Billboard 200-applicable release.

Keith Urban’s new album Ripcord came in at Number Four with 106,000 total copies in its first week of availability. Besides Radiohead and Urban, one more new release – country singer Cole Swindell’s You Should Be Here – cracked the Top 10, coming in at Number Six.

Fans continued to celebrate Prince as a pair of LPs – The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain – landed at Number Five and Number Eight respectively. Rihanna’s Anti (Number Seven), Adele’s 25 (Nine) and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (10) rounded out the upper echelon of the charts, which bid farewell to Justin Bieber’s Purpose after a 25-week run in the Billboard 200’s Top 10.


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