Jun 09, 2016

    Streaming activity helps Drake rule Billboard 200


    CANADIAN R&B artist Drake continued his reign atop the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday for a fifth consecutive week on the strength of streaming activity, holding off country singer Dierks Bentley and R&B singer Beyonce.

    Drake's Views sold 152,000 units for the week ending June 2, comprising album and song sales and 137 million streams, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

    The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

    Drake's fourth studio album has been topping the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of streaming activity on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. It has soared past 100 million streams each week since its release.

    Bentley's latest album, Black, debuted at No. 2 with 101,000 units sold, including 5 million streams.

    Beyonce's Lemonade album climbed one spot to No. 3 with 79,000 units sold, including nearly 9 million streams.

    Other new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart included pop group Fifth Harmony at No. 4 with 7/27, and electronic dance music producer Flume's Skin at No. 8.