Drake Reclaims No. 1 on Billboard 200, ScHoolboy Q No. 2
Blink-182 deserves a hand clap. Why? the punk-pop vets have been the only act that could kill Drake’s vibe on the Billboard 200. The vibe/flex-fest has been restored this week. That’s right, Drake reclaims the throne with the unstoppable Views. One bad week couldn’t stunt the 6 God’s momentum.
In its 10th week atop the Billboard 200, Views is less dominant, moving 92,000 units. That said, 92K was sufficient to secure no. 1. Slow. Sales. Week. To. The. Nth. Degree. Still, Drake is the one to beat.
ScHoolboy Q Settles For No. 2
ScHoolboy Q has to be pissed…at those who didn’t buy Blank Face LP and Drake. Oxymoron debuted at no. 1 back in 2014 selling 139,000 copies. Blank Face LP settles for the runner-up spot, moving 74,000 units. Of that total, ~70% were pure sales (52,000). Analyze the sales differences; Oxymoron sold ~87,000 more copies. ~87,000 copies are more than Blank Face LP impacted (SPS) or sold.
Chevelle and Switchfoot Debut in the Second Half of the Top 10
Blank Face LP wasn’t the only new offering to grace the top 10. Chevelle earns a piece of the pie with The North Corridor. The North Corridor bows at no. 8 with 33,000 units. Most of that total is pure sales. Switchfoot barely grabs a spot, landing at no. 10 with Where the Light Shines Through. The Christian rock band moved 29,000 units. Similar to Chevelle, most of the units are pure sales (~94% and ~93% respectively).
Blink Comes Back Down to Earth
As for Blink-182, California drops just two spots to no. 3. The numbers for Blink-182, however, are abysmal. After moving 186,000 units in week one, Cali only musters up 37,000 units in week two. Perhaps fans got “Bored to Death?”
The rest of the top 10 will shock no one. Past Drake, Blink, and three new offerings, the names are familiar. Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface), Hamilton, Rihanna (Anti), Beyoncé (Lemonade), and Adele (25). BO-RING!
Who’s Got Next?
So, who’s got next on the Billboard 200? Excellent question! Friday July 15 wasn’t jam-packed with surefire gems. Good Charlotte returns after a five-year hiatus but how relevant is the band anymore? Dreezy makes her major label debut, but beyond “Body” (ft. Jeremih), how much do we know about No Hard Feelings? The promo seems off.
Other albums arrived as well, including NEEDTOBREATHE’s H A R D L O V E and the digital release of Logic’s mixtape Bobby Tarantino. Will either of these two strike gold? If they do, is it enough to beat Drake’s Views?