This was the week Drake's VIEWS reign at number one on album charts was supposed to end.
But that didn't happen. VIEWS topped the cart for the eight straight week, holding off the debut of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's album The Getaway.
The way the two albums accumulated their numbers was very different: Drake's 124,000 equivalent units had 33K in traditional album sales and the rest in streams. The Pepper's 118K total included 108K in traditional sales.
But that's how the game is played in 2016, and Drake ties Eminem and The Marshall Mathers LP for the third most weeks at number one for a rap artist.
Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme spent 16 weeks at number one, and M.C. Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em did a rap record 21 weeks at the top spot.
It seems unlikely Drake will catch Vanilla Ice -- let alone Hammer. But with the new streaming metric just about anything becomes possible.