Numbers On The Board: ‘Suicide Squad’ Outpaces Drake And PARTYNEXTDOOR


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Drake brought a friend along this week, but the OVO Sound one-two punch still wasn’t enough.

The Suicide Squad soundtrack continued to follow in the footsteps of the film by finishing no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second straight week, despite a 49 percent drop in total sales from last week’s successful debut.

As mentioned previously, Drake was joined by his OVO Sound artist PARTYNEXTDOOR for the next two spots on the chart. Drake’s Views held steady at no. 2 as PARTYNEXTDOOR made an impressive debut at no. 3 with PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3). The album gave PARTYNEXTDOOR his first Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and his best sales week, topping PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO‘s peak of no. 15 in 2014.

Overall, hip-hop and R&B albums took six out of the Top 10 spots in the Billboard 200 during the tracking week ending August 18. DJ Khaled’s Major Key rose one spot to no. 6, while Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife 2 earned the duo its second Top 10 album by debuting at no. 7 and Rihanna’s ANTI held steady at no. 9.

Here are the 10 best-selling hip-hop or R&B albums on the Billboard 200 for the week ending August 18, determined by total equivalent album units. Pure album sales are in parentheses, with total streams in brackets.

1. Suicide Squad: The Album – 92,525 (49,936) [32,992,756]2. Drake – Views – 70,837 (13,342) [69,411,941]3. PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) – 49,855 (28,133) [28,606,612]6. DJ Khaled – Major Key – 33,560 (10,692) [26,405,113]7. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 – 28,638 (13,805) [17,871,009]9. Rihanna – ANTI – 27,824 (4,824) [26,474,931]15. Beyonce – Lemonade – 18,387 (12,446) [1,671,522]19. Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul – 16,064 (3,789) [16,439,519]21. Kevin Gates – Islah – 15,148 (4,267) [12,836,893]22. Atmosphere – Fishing Blues – 15,061 (13,845) [1,486,385]

Looking toward the Hot 100, Drake’s “One Dance” continued to fall by dropping two spots to no. 7. However, the finish allowed the rapper to extend his record of most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the chart by a solo male artist to 49 weeks straight, passing Ace of Base for second place on the overall list. Katy Perry is the current record holder with 69 weeks, but the Views rapper has a chance to continue his run even if “One Dance” falls out of the Top 10 — the Rihanna-featuring “Too Good” sits at no. 14, just ahead of his track on DJ Khaled’s album, “For Free.”

As for next week, Billboard has reported Frank Ocean’s long-awaited Blonde is on pace to top the Billboard 200 despite being an iTunes and Apple Music exclusive.

(Via Billboard 200, Hot 100)

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