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Drake continues to eclipse pop's biggest stars with 'Views'

Ralph Bristout

 // Aug 1, 2016

At this rate, Drake at No. 1 should be a pinned headline across news outlets for the rest of summer 16.

For a 12th nonconsecutive week, Drake's Views sits comfortably in the Billboard penthouse with an additional 85,000 copies to give it another No. 1 standing. The success behind the new album has snowballed for about three months now, rightfully earning the "One Dance" star his biggest release to date. As if eclipsing other big-time 2016 releases by major stars like Beyoncé (Lemonade), Rihanna (Anti) and Kanye West (The Life of Pablo) wasn't enough of an indication of the Toronto native's boosted star power, the glass shards left by the records he has smashed week after week speaks much loudly.

In its ninth week, Views surpassed Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP to hold the title for third-longest run at No. 1 by a hip-hop album (behind MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em at 21 weeks, Vanilla Ice's To The Extreme at 16 weeks). Now in week 12, Drizzy breaks into the pop bubble as he succeeds Taylor Swift's 1989 11-week reign and scores himself the most weeks at No. 1 since the colossal Frozen soundtrack, which spent 13 weeks at the top spot, according to Billboard.

Outside of Frozen, a soundtrack for the hit Disney 2013 film, as far as artists go, Views has spent the most frames at No. 1 since Adele, whose 2011 album 21 reigned for 24 weeks between 2011 and 2012. Drake is not only the first artist since Adele to spend the most weeks at No. 1, he is also the first male artist to do so since Billy Ray Cyrus pulled off similar heights in 1992 with the album Some Gave All, which ruled for 17 weeks.

As Billboard points out, only nine albums have spent 12 or more weeks at No. 1. Among those releases include the previously mentioned albums by Adele, Disney's Frozen, and Billy Ray Cyrus, along with Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weeks), country star Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind (18), the Titanic soundtrack (16), Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (12), and Santana's Supernatural (12).

All in all, feats like these only further fuel lines on Views like, "The best ever, don't ever question, you know better." The Boy only bigger on each release (look at Thank Me Later through If You're Reading This It's Too Late) and while it may not be a "classic" like he boasts on "Hype," Views is undoubtedly Drake's biggest, career-defining release. Plus, at the rate he's going, that Grammy is already in arms reach.

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