Drake’s VIEWS, released at the end of April, is still the No. 1 album in the US. The album has earned its 12th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. After going No. 1 for its first nine weeks of release, VIEWS briefly gave up the top spot to Blink-182’s California three weeks ago. Now back at No. 1 for a third straight week, VIEWS beat out the new entry from Gucci Mane, Everybody Looking, his first album in five years.
VIEWS sold 85,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 28, reports Nielsen Music. That sum marks a five percent decline from last week. Everybody Looking made its debut at No. 2 with a reported 68,000 equivalent albums sold in its first week. Though he couldn’t dethrone Drake, Everybody Looking has given Gucci the highest-charting debut of his career. His previous best was the No. 4 debut of 2010’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted.
With 12 weeks at No. 1, VIEWS has now spent more weeks at the top than Taylor Swift’s 2014 album 1989. VIEWS has achieved the most weeks at No. 1 since the “Frozen” soundtrack accumulated 13 chart-topping weeks in 2014. Not including soundtracks, the last artist to better Drake’s total weeks at No. 1 was Adele, whose 21 album sat at No. 1 for a total of 24 weeks in 2011-2012.
The last male artist to attain more than 12 weeks at No. 1 was Billy Ray Cyrus with the release of his 1992 album Some Gave All, which was No. 1 for total of 17 weeks. Only nine albums in the last 25 years have spent 12 or more weeks atop the albums chart.