UPDATE: The predictions proved correct. Views tops the Billboard 200 chart this week at No. 1 for a third straight week, earning another 239,000 equivalent album units (down 24 percent), 83,000 were in traditional album sales.
Beyonce's Lemonade stays put at No. 2 with another 128,000 units for the week, 92,000 of which are equivalent album units.
And finally, Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 3 with 107,000 units (84,000 in pure album sales).
May is a tough month to release an album.
You hear that Ariana Grande? Fifth Harmony, you listening?
New estimates predict Beyonce and Drake will duke it out for the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Beyonce released her visual album Lemonade which debuted atop the charts with with 653,000 equivalent album units (485,000 of which are pure album sales). Drake trumped those figures with 1.2 million units including streaming (485,000 in pure album sales) in his opening week, and now they'll battle it out for the next No. 1 spot.
Meghan Trainor, who dropped her latest studio effort Thank You last Friday, one week after a non-advertised Apple exclusive release, will get shoved to the third spot. Hits Daily Double predicts Trainor sold 73,000-78,000 units (95,000-100k includes sales plus streaming). That won't do it.
Bey and Drake will move around 85,000 apiece.
Help a sister out by streaming Thank You.