Drake keeps his spot in the top slot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second week running with his new release “More Life.” Of the 211,000 discs moved, more than tw0-thirds (169,000) were accredited to streaming. In calculating album sales, Billboard translates 1,500 streams into one album unit. This week’s figure was based on 253 million streams. Last week, Drake set a new Billboard record as a whopping 385 million streams translated into sales of 257,000 units.
He bested himself as his fourth studio album, “Views” had set the previous benchmark for streaming, with 245 million listened to online in its first week propelling it to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. “Views” went on to reap eight Grammy bids, including Album of the Year, at the most recent awards. However, Drake won just two races: Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for “Hotline Bling.”
But the categorization of that tune as a rap song caused him to declare, “I don’t even want them.” As he explained in an interview with OVO Sound Radio, “Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category.” He theorized, “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why.”
“More Life” will defy such description. The 22 songs on the album, which Drake describes as a playlist, cut across a wide range of genres, including hip hop, R&B, dancehall, grime, trap and Afrobeat. These tunes feature a slew of other artists, including Giggs, PartyNextDoor, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Young Thug.
This is the seventh No. 1 album in a row for the Canadian star. Prior to “Views,” his first three studio albums –“Thank Me Later” (2010), “Take Care” (2011) and “Nothing Was the Same” (2013) — all debuted in the top slot as did his two 2015 mix tape discs (“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and “What a Time to Be Alive”).