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Drake Prevents Ariana Grande From Scoring A Three-peat

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Her last two albums, Your Truly and My Everything, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. Though Dangerous Woman moved 175,000 equivalent album units, more than My Everything’s 169,000 copies, it failed to give Ariana Grande an album three-peat.

Her third studio album had to settle for runner-up status due to Drake once again dominating the chart with Views From The 6. Someone’s not getting a Christmas card from Ari this year 😉

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The Views From The 6 are pretty nice, but I’m sure the view from the top is even more spectacular. Drake shows a dominating performance with the release of his fourth studio album.

The 29-year-old rapper moved 1.04 equivalent album units, 852,000 of which were traditional album sales during its first week of availability. It becomes the best debut of 2016, easily passing Beyonce’s Lemonade benchmark of 653,000 equivalent album units and 485,000 sales. The LP also set a record of 245.1 million streams. Again, the previous best was Beyonce who racked up 115.2 million plays for Lemonade during its first week.

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Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 Album With Lemonade

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Clearly, the BeyHive was thirsty. They gulped down plenty of their queen’s homemade Lemonade. Beyonce’s latest album soared to the top of the chart during its first week of release.

According to Billboard, Bey served up 653,000 equivalent album units and 485,000 in pure album sales, easily topping the Billboard 200 chart. This marks her sixth studio album to reach No. 1, making her the only artist to achieve this feat with their first six studio LPs.

Lemonade scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales. Her reign will most definitely be short. Drake, who released Views From The 6 this week, reportedly sold 630,000 albums on its first day.

With Lemonade exclusively on TIDAL for the first few days, and a physical CD not available til later this week, no doubt Bey’s numbers would’ve been higher had she made her latest effort available everywhere.

In other Billboard 200 news, Prince continues to sell in the wake of his tragic death. The Very Best of Prince, which reigned supreme last week, dropped to second but still sold 391,000 units. That wasn’t the only one from his catalog to chart. In fact, he had five albums place in the top seven.

Did you purchase Lemonade or any of Prince’s LPs? Weigh in below.

Prince Dominates Billboard Top 200 After Passing

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Not surprisingly in the wake of his tragic death, Prince has risen to the top of the Billboard 200. But exactly how much he dominated the chart is impressive.

The late 57-year-old legend takes both the No. 1 and No. 2 slots with his greatest hits set The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack respectively. With regards to the former, it moved 179,000 equivalent units (100,000 of which was in traditional album sales). Meanwhile, the latter shifted 69,000 units with 63,000 of those in pure album sales.

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Zayn Malik Makes Billboard Chart History

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Many questioned his decision to leave One Direction, but it’s clear his gamble has paid off. The 23-year-old singer has notched yet another record. Zayn Malik just made Billboard chart history with his debut solo album.

Mind of Mine moved 157,000 album units (112,000 of which were in pure sales) during its first week of release to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. By doing so, Malik becomes the first ever UK male solo artist to debut at the top of Billboard’s main album chart with his debut album. Insane!!!

Even more insane is the fact, Zayn is the first male UK artist to reach No. 1 since George Michael. The “Freedom” singer claimed pole position with Faith back in 1988 after nine weeks on the chart. In case you were wondering, it debuted at No. 41 weeks prior.

Impressed with Malik’s solo success? Do you think other One Direction members can replicate his success with their forthcoming solo efforts. Weigh in below.

Gwen Stefani Scores First No. 1 Album As A Solo Artist

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Forget the truth, this is what success feels like. After two previous tries, the 46-year-old singer scores her first-ever No. 1 album as a solo act with This Is What The Truth Feels Like. During her No Doubt days, she shot to the top with Tragic Kingdom (1995).

According to Billboard, her third solo LP earned 84,000 equivalent album units and sold 76,000 copies in pure album sales. Though third time proved to be the charm for Gwen Stefani, only time will tell if her new album will reach the numbers of its predecessors.

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape sold 4 million and 1.7 million domestically respectively. To boot, both those LPs spawned a pair of Top 10 singles each. So far, her new singles haven’t even cracked the Top 50, despite being quite solid.

Did you purchase Gwen’s latest? Do you think she can deliver a Top 10 single again? Weigh in below.

David Bowie Albums Dominate Billboard Top 200 Chart

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During his career, David Bowie never topped the Billboard Top 200 chart despite releasing more than two dozen albums. His latest, Blackstar, which was released just days before his passing finally gave Bowie that elusive chart-topper.

Not only did Blackstar enter the chart at No. 1, but nine of his other LPs also entered the Billboard Top 200. According to Billboard, in the wake of his death, Bowie’s catalog saw an increase in more than 5,000 percent. That’s roughly 308,000 in pure album sales and 375,000 in song downloads. Clearly, it’s Bowie mania everywhere.

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Final First Week Sales For Adele’s 25 Officially In

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Just when the record industry thought record sales were dead, Adele proves them all wrong. 25 not only broke N Sync’s 15-year-old record of pushing 2.42 million copies of No Strings Attached during its first week, but it shattered it.

Officially, 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the US. Adele’s third studio album becomes the first album to surpass the 3 million mark and only the second in history to pass the 2 million benchmark. Overall, it’s the 20th album to sell at least a million copies in a week.

Adele’s previous album, 21, sold 11.2 million in the US becoming the 10th-largest selling LP in Nielsen history. Having spent 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, it became the longest run on top for a woman ever. Can the 27-year-old break her own record? I’d say the odds are in her favor. There’s nothing this woman can’t do.

Did you buy 25? Congrats on Adele for defying the odds and proving people still buy albums.

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