Drake's 'Views' tops U.S. Billboard albums chart, sets streaming record

As expected, Drake’s latest album Views has topped the U.S. Billboard album charts in its debut week. Views has sold 852,000 albums, plus 245.1 million song streams — combined, the album has sold 1.04 million equivalent albums.

Views is the Toronto-born rapper’s sixth consecutive number one album and his largest sales week ever. It’s the largest U.S. sales week for a male artist since Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in the week ending March 24, 2013.

The album also broke the record for the amount of song streams, which include plays on Apple Music and Spotify. Views more than doubled the previous record holder Beyonce’s Lemonade, which garnered 115.2 million plays.

Initially, the album was titled Views from the 6, referencing the 416 Toronto area code, but was shortened before release.

Views features a photoshopped image of Drake sitting high up on the iconic CN Tower.