Drake’s “Views” behind only Vanilla Ice & MC Hammer for Billboard Milestone. Remember Views? Drake’s album release from way back on April 29? Back before Gucci Mane was a free man, and when the Toronto Raptors were facing the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs? That’s a full 66 days ago.
And now, for the ninth week in a row, Views sits perched atop the Billboard 200 album chart, according to the chartmaker. That means it passes Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP to become the third-place Hip Hop album with the most weeks at the top of the chart. It’s still behind Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme —which spent 16 weeks at #1 in 1990 and 1991 — and MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em — which held the top spot for 21 weeks in 1990.
The last man to hold the #1 album position for nine straight weeks was Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992, with his album Some Gave All, which featured the hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” That was the same year Billy Ray’s daughter Miley Cyrus was born.
Despite a 10 percent drop from last week, Drake’s numbers more than doubled his closest competition, with his 110,788 total album equivalent units (a statistic that tallies streams, album sales and single sales) towering over Beyoncé’s 47,598 total for the #2 Lemonade. The album’s success is in large part due to its continued dominance on streaming platforms, where it pulled in just under 100 million on-demand plays for the week ending June 30.