Illuminating! Shawn Mendes dethrones Drake for top spot on Billboard album chart

Shawn Mendes’ sophomore album debuted at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Monday, ousting Canadian R&B star Drake and holding off new entries from country singer Luke Bryan and veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Mendes’ “Illuminate” sold 121,000 albums, 79,000 songs and was streamed 24 million times, totaling 145,000 units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan for the week ended on Sept. 29.

The Canadian teen, who grew a devoted fan base on Vine, also topped the Billboard 200 chart with his debut album, “Handwritten,” last year.

Drake’s “Views” dropped to No. 2 with sales of 50,000 album units that include 55 million streams. The album has dominated the charts this year on the strength of its streaming figures.

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