The year 2016 is turning out to be a great year for Canadian rapper Drake. His fourth studio album "Views From The 6" has now spent five successive weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, making it the first album to do so in 2016.
Drake's album toppled the benchmark set by Adele earlier this year with her third studio album "25." Overall "25" has spent seven weeks atop the chart, but only the initial four weeks were the consecutive ones.
Rankings on the Billboard 200 top albums chart is calculated by summing up total album sales, total song sales and streaming activity. The sale of 10 individual songs from an album is calculated as the sale of an entire album, as is a total of 1,500 streams of individual songs from the album.
In this age, streaming is slowly becoming the primary revenue generator in the music industry. And "Views From The 6" has become a flag-bearer of this. In its tenure on top of the Billboard 200 chart, songs from the album have been streamed more than 800 million times on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. This has contributed greatly towards its success along with its total album sales of more than a million.
Even though the album is enjoying tremendous success, it still far away from breaking the record of the most number of consecutive weeks spent by an album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Beatles and Whitney Houston jointly hold that record with 12 consecutive weeks each. The Beatles hold the record with their two 1964 albums "Meet The Beatles!" and "The Beatles' Second Album" and Houston holds it with her second album "Whitney."