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Dierks Bentley’s “Black” Wins US Album Sales Race, Drake’s “Views” Retains #1 on Billboard 200

Dierks Bentley [Press Photo | The Green Room]

Billboard has officially confirmed that Dierks Bentley’s “Black” was the May 27-June 2 tracking week’s best-selling album in the United States.

Drake’s “Views,” however, earns a fifth consecutive week atop the consumption-driven Billboard 200.

Per Billboard’s final data, Bentley’s “Black” sold 88,000 first-week copies in the US. The mark, which represents the best opening week sales figure of his career, is enough for #1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Bentley’s previous album “Riser” moved 63,000 pure US copies in its first week. His previous career high mark came courtesy 2006’s “Long Trip Alone,” which sold 82,000.

“Views” only sold 37,000, but the inclusion of Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) results in a weekly consumption tally of 152,000 units. The total is easily enough for #1 on the Billboard 200.

“Black,” which generated 101,000 in weekly consumption, takes #2.

Beyonce’s “Lemonade” follows at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 79,000 units, while Fifth Harmony’s new “7/27” debuts at #4 with 74,000. According to Billboard, 49,000 of the “7/27” units came from pure album sales.

While “7/27” starts one place higher on the BB200 chart, previous album “Reflection” had a bigger first week. It generated 80,000 in consumption, with 62,000 coming from album sales.

With a unit total of 63,000, Blake Shelton’s “If I’m Honest” is #5 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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