Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' Reaches Half-Million in U.S. Album Sales
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 15), Drake’s More Life notched a second straight week at No. 1, earning 226,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen Music. The set declined by 55 percent in its second chart frame, as compared to its big debut week of 505,000 units.
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).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:
— Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) - No. 2 — In four weeks, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) album has surpassed a half-million in U.S. album sales, according to Nielsen Music. The former No. 1 sold another 41,000 copies in the week ending March 30, bringing its sales total to 503,000. It’s Sheeran’s third half-million seller, following x (2.17 million) and + (1.21 million).
— Mike Will Made-It, Ransom 2 - No. 24 — After producing 12 top 40-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100, producer Mike Will Made-It scores his first entry on the Billboard 200. He bows at No. 24 with Ransom 2 (16,000 units; 3,000 in traditional album sales). He previously released Ransom in December 2014. It reached No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 45 on Independent Albums.
— Paul McCartney, Flowers in the Dirt - No. 33 — Paul McCartney’s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt returns to the list at No. 33, after it was remastered and reissued on March 24. The set was made available in a new deluxe edition, which sported additional tracks, including demo versions and b-sides. Combined, the various editions of Flowers (which are all tracked together for sales and charting purposed) combined to earn 13,000 units in the week ending March 30, of which 12,000 were in traditional album sales.
— Steel Panther, Lower the Bar – No. 40 — The comedic band clocks its third top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 as Lower the Bar bows at No. 40 with 11,000 equivalent album units (nearly all were traditional album sales). On the Comedy Albums chart, it’s the group’s fifth No. 1, surpassing The Lonely Island for the most leaders among duo/groups. Among all acts, only Larry the Cable Guy has more (seven).
— Jon Pardi, California Sunrise – No. 45 — Thanks in part to the success of the album’s hit single "Dirt on My Boots" (it just wrapped three weeks at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart), the California Sunrise climbs 61-45 on the Billboard 200. That is its highest rank since July 16, 2016, when the set was No. 40 in its second week on the tally. The album debuted and peaked at No. 11 a week earlier.
— James Blunt, The Afterlove – No. 177 — The singer-songwriter makes a low-key debut with his fifth album, bowing with 4,000 units (3,000 in album sales) after four previous top 20-charting sets. He’ll be touring with Ed Sheeran from June through October.
— Nickelback, The Best of Nickelback, Volume 1 - No. 199 — Despite how often the band is mocked, their singles like “Far Away” and “How You Remind Me” are regularly streamed more than 1 million times per week, helping this greatest-hits album sustain its popularity.