Before Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Adele hit the Billboard album charts, there’s still Drake.
In the absence of much competition, the rapper’s latest album, “Certified Lover Boy,” recorded its fifth non-consecutive week at No.1 with the equivalent of 74,000 US sales, including 100 million streams. and less than 1,000 copies sold as a full package in its eighth week, according to MRC Data.
But major releases are shaping up to be formidable challengers this fall: Sheeran’s new album, “=”, pronounced “equals,” was released on Friday and will debut in the charts next week, while the re-recorded version of Swift from “Red,” from 2012 – now called “Red (Taylor’s Version)” – will be released on November 12.
Still, even the best-selling singer-songwriters should enjoy their likely No.1 spot while they last, as Adele’s new album, “30,” is slated for release on November 19 and is on the way. like another blockbuster. .
Drake’s five weeks atop the Billboard 200 so far this year with “Certified Lover Boy” matches his previous album, “Scorpion,” so far in 2018, according to Billboard. And that ties his second longest reign for a release, after 13 weeks at No.1 for his 2016 album, “Views”.
“Certified Lover Boy” is followed in this week’s charts by some of the year’s most popular releases, including Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” at # 2; “Planet Her” by Doja Cat at n ° 3; YoungBoy Never Broke Again “Sincerely, Kentrell” at # 4; and “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo at n ° 5.
New albums by Lana Del Rey (“Blue Banisters”, # 8) and Elton John (“The Lockdown Sessions” collaboration, # 10) were the best debuts of the week.