It had to happen eventually. According to Billboard, after spending an incredible nine weeks on top of weekly album chart, Drake’s latest release Views has finally been overthrown by Blink-182 and their new record California. With 186,000 equivalent album units sold, the veteran punk rockers managed to capture their first No. 1 in 15 years, going all the way back to Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which debuted in 2001.
Views’ run at the top was truly historic. It became just the third hip-hop album to hold on to the top spot for so long, trumping Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP with eight weeks at No. 1 and trailing Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme with 16 weeks, as well as MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em with 21 weeks. Beyond the confines rap, it should be noted that within the last decade, the only albums to stay at No. 1 for so long were Taylor Swift’s Fearless and 1989 with 11 weeks each, the Frozen soundtrack with 13 weeks, and Adele’s 25 and 21 albums with 10 and 24 weeks, respectively.
For Blink-182, this achievement has to feel especially sweet coming after the departure of guitarist Tom DeLonge, who helped write and shape so many of the group’s earliest and biggest hits like “What’s My Age Again” and “All The Small Things,” to go off and investigate the existence of aliens. The band actually talked about the shoes that incoming guitar player Matt Skiba had to fill in DeLonge’s absence in our recent chat with them. “I think that when [Tom] left he kept his shoes on, I came in wearing mine,” Skiba said. “I try not to overthink it and luckily we have similar voices.”
Views didn’t tumble very far down the charts, falling to the No. 2 spot with 117,000 equivelent units sold. Maxwell’s comeback album blackSUMMERS’night landed at No. 3 with 59,000 units, while Beyoncé’s Lemonade fell from No. 2 to the No. 4 position.