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Chance the Rapper Makes History On Billboard 200, Drake Enters Third Week Reign

Ralph Bristout

 // May 23, 2016

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Chance the Rapper and the word 'history' have been closely associated this year and the latest comes via a game-changing move on the Billboard 200 chart.

Despite not charting at No. 1, Chance the Rapper's much-talked-about new mixtape, Coloring Book, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 this week, making it the first ever streaming-only album to land there. Thanks to Billboard's new album chart metrics, which now incorporates streaming totals toward album sales, Coloring Book's reported 57.3 million streams on Apple Music, where it debuted exclusively, converted into 38,000 stream equivalent albums (also known as SEAs) on the charts. As Billboard notes, this is the first streaming-exclusive set to reach the list. Previous stream-only album, Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, generated previous huge streaming numbers during its February debut, however it was later made available for purchase via KanyeWest.com.

Chano's free project will remain exclusive on Apple Music until May 27.

Meanwhile, this week's chart-topper is once again Drake's Views, which now enters its third week atop the Billboard 200. The album, which features Drizzy's first No. 1 hit, "One Dance," towers once again, selling an additional 239,000 copies to become the first album since Adele's 25 to remain glued at the top spot for three consecutive weeks. Not far behind is Beyoncé's Lemonade at No. 2, pulling in another 128,000 copies. Elsewhere, Meghan Trainor's newly released second album, Thank You debuts at Number Three with 107,000 copies.

Rihanna’s Top 10 mainstay, Anti, climbs from No. 7 to No. 5 with 44,000 units. It's worth noting that Rih Rih's latest set has remained in the Top 10 since its January 28 release. Also in the coveted position is Prince’s The Very Best of Prince, which falls from No. 5 to 7 with 42,000 units. Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool slips from No. to No. 9 in its second week, picking up 34,000 copies.

For more on this week's Billboard 200 chart, head here.

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