Drake’s Views sold 4.14 million equivalent album units last year and was crowned the top selling album of 2016 according to Nielsen.
Top Selling Albums of 2016
“Drake caps a banner year, as his smash album Views finishes 2016 as the most popular release of the year in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The data tracking company reports that the title earned 4.14 million equivalent album units during the year — with 1.61 million of that sum coming from traditional album sales.
The 4.14 million equivalent album units figure is a multi-metric consumption total, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The multi-metric formula is also used to compile the weekly Billboard 200 albums chart, which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S.
Views spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2016 and launched the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla. The song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 between May and July and was Drake’s first No. 1 on the Hot 100 where he was the lead artist — after two previous leaders where he was the featured guest on a track (and both were tunes by Rihanna: “Work” and “What’s My Name?”).” – Billboard.com