With new albums by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Adele looming, the rapper’s “Certified Lover Boy” remains atop the Billboard chart.
Before Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Adele make themselves known on the Billboard album chart, there is still Drake.
In the absence of much competition, the rapper’s latest album, “Certified Lover Boy,” logged its fifth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with the equivalent of 74,000 sales in the United States, including 100 million streams and fewer than 1,000 copies sold as a complete package in its eighth week out, according to MRC Data.
But major releases loom this fall as formidable challengers: Sheeran’s new album, “=,” pronounced “equals,” was released on Friday and will make its chart debut next week, while Swift’s rerecorded version of “Red,” from 2012 — now called “Red (Taylor’s Version)” — is due out Nov. 12.
Yet even those top-selling singer-songwriters should enjoy their likely spots at No. 1