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Drake Returns to No. 1 and Releases ‘Please Forgive Me’ Video


Remember Drake? He dominated the music charts for most of the summer, and now, just has he has released a new long-form video via Apple Music, he is back at No. 1. Drake’s “Views” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) is No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart for a 13th time this week, returning to the top spot after a seven-week absence. Songs from “Views” were streamed 57.4 million times in the United States last week, far more than any other release, although just 8,000 copies of the full album were sold, according to Nielsen data.

According to Nielsen and Billboard’s new chart formula, “Views” had the equivalent of just 53,000 sales — the lowest weekly total for a No. 1 album since March, when Rihanna’s “Anti” qualified with 54,000. (When “Views” came out in April, it was good for just over one million sales in its first week.) Drake’s return to No. 1 comes just as he has released “Please Forgive Me,” a 23-minute video that is a companion piece of sorts to “Views,” and which Apple began teasing last week. Early Monday, Drake also posted on Instagram an image of Apple executives handing him a plaque commemorating one billion streams from “Views” on Apple Music.

Also this week, the rapper Mac Miller opens at No. 2 with “The Divine Feminine” (Warner Bros.), which had 20.3 million streams and sold 32,000 copies. The “Suicide Squad” soundtrack (Atlantic) holds at No. 3, followed by new albums from Aaron Lewis, the singer from the rock band Staind (“Sinner,” at No. 4), and the R&B star Usher (“Hard II Love,” No. 5). Jason Aldean’s “They Don’t Know” (Broken Bow), which topped the chart last week, fell five spots to No. 6, with the equivalent of 37,000 album sales, a 73 percent drop.

– New York Times



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