Drake's Views has officially surpassed Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP to hold the third-longest run at No. 1 by a hip-hop album.
The April-released LP, which has spawned the No. 1 single "One Dance," has remained at the top spot ever since it debuted on iTunes. This week, the LP snags its ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 111,000 album units in the week ending June 30, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, a total of 25,000 were in traditional album sales. The majority of Views sales have been largely bolstered by streaming equivalent album units, which according to Billboard pulled in 67,000 in equivalent album units thanks to its popularity on streaming services.
This run has created rarified heights for the Toronto superstar as he now holds the third-longest run at No. 1 by a hip-hop album, beating Eminem’s 2000 blockbuster The Marshall Mathers LP, which spent eight weeks atop the same chart. Only two albums remain ahead of Drizzy for longest run at No. 1, and they are the diamond-certified release of MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em (spending 21 weeks on the chart) and Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby"-led album To The Extreme (16 weeks).
In more accolade-related news, this latest feat now makes Views the album to spend the most weeks atop the chart for an album by a man in over a decade. As per Billboard, the last album by a man to spend at least nine weeks at No. 1 was Usher’s Confessions, which piled up a total of nine nonconsecutive frames at the top in 2004. Views is now the longest consecutive rule atop the chart since Adele’s 21 spent 10 weeks in a row at No. 1 back in 2012.
In non-related Views news, Lemonade, Beyoncé's much-talked about LP, rose to No. 2 ending the week with an additional 48,000 copies. Further down the chart is Rihanna’s Anti at No. 5, with 37,000 units, while the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton drops a slot down from last week at No. 6 with 36,000 units.