Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Scores His Second Million-Selling Album
Also: One Direction’s “Take Me Home” crosses the 2 million sales mark, Van Halen’s second live album debuts & Taylor Swift’s top five reign continues.
On the Billboard 200 albums chart dated April 18, Wale’s The Album About Nothing debuted at No. 1, while the Furious 7 soundtrack sped up the list 15 spots to No. 2. One of Furious 7’s co-stars, Ludacris, arrived in the No. 3 slot with his latest release, Ludaversal.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:
— Taylor Swift, 1989 - No. 5 — The album has now spent its first 23 weeks in the top five of the chart. It is only the 10th set to achieve the feat since Billboard combined the tally's mono and stereo listings in 1963.
— Van Halen, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert – No. 20 — Van Halen debuts at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with its new live album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. Remarkably, if the album -- its 16th chart entry -- goes no higher than No. 20, it will mark the lowest-charting effort for the band in its 37-year career on the tally. Tokyo Dome starts with 31,000 equivalent album units, nearly all from pure album sales. The set was promoted by a two-night performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30 and 31, and an April 2 visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The gigs were touted as the band’s first U.S. TV performances with singer David Lee Roth. Previous to this week, the only Van Halen title to miss the top 10 was their self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 19 on May 20, 1978 (after debuting at No. 149 on March 11).
The new set is the group’s second live album to chart, following Live: Right Here, Right Now, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 1993. That album featured Sammy Hagar on vocals, while the new release boasts Roth, who fronted the band from 1974-1985, later returning in 2006.
— The Maine, American Candy - No. 27 — With 14,000 copies sold, the band clocks its biggest sales week since 2010, when Black & White launched with 25,000 sold (at No. 16). The new set is also the group’s highest charting release since Black & White.
— One Direction, Four - No. 41 — Four, the group’s fourth album, is only 46,000 copies away from becoming the group’s fourth million-seller. Further, their second release, Take Me Home, surpassed 2 million in sales during the week ending March 29. It’s now one of two albums for the vocal group that have sold 2 million copies. It joins their debut set, Up All Night, which has sold 2.04 million. (One Direction’s third album, Midnight Memories, has sold 1.49 million.)
— NF, Mansion – No. 62 — Rapper NF sees his first full-length album, Mansion, debut at No. 62 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums. The album moves in with 9,000 copies sold in the week ending April 5, with its overall first-week equivalent album unit total just over 10,000. NF (real name Nate Feuerstein) signed with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2014 and made his first Billboard chart appearance as the featured act on Flame’s “Start Over” (No. 7 peak on the Gospel Digital Songs dated Oct. 19, 2013).
— Ed Sheeran, + – No. 71 — In the sales week ending March 29, Sheeran's debut album, +, reached a million in total album sales. It was released in 2012. Both of Sheeran's albums are in the million-sellers club, as his second effort, 2014's x, has so far sold 1.4 million.
— Ringo Starr, Postcards From Paradise – No. 99 — Ringo Starr return to the Billboard 200 chart, notching his 16th charting album with Postcards From Paradise’s debut at No. 99. The album bows with 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 5, according to Nielsen Music. Postcards comes nearly 45 years after he made his solo debut on the Billboard 200 with Sentimental Journey. That set started at No. 51 on the May 16, 1970-dated chart, on its way to a No. 22 peak the following month. Starr would visit the top 10 twice in his solo career, with 1973’s Ringo (peaking at No. 2 for two weeks behind Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna (No. 8). Starr is the only member of The Beatles without a solo No. 1 album. As for his fellow Beatles, Paul McCartney has seven leaders (counting both his solo efforts and those with Wings), John Lennon has three, and George Harrison has two.
Though Starr lacks a No. 1 album, he does own a pair of chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen.”
— Selena, Lo Mejor de - No. 102 — It's the 15th charting album for the late legend and her highest-ranking since 1999, when All My Hits Todos Mis Exitos peaked at No. 54. The new album was released on the 20th anniversary of her death, March 31. For the week ending April 5, Selena’s overall album sales grew by 262 percent to 9,000 sold. Her digital song sales also climbed: gaining 167 percent to 26,000 sold.
Selena’s non-programmed U.S. streams were also unsurprisingly up for the week, rising by 133 percent to 7.2 million. Her most-streamed song of the week was “Dreaming Of You,” with 788,000.