Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' Tracks Surpass 1 Billion U.S. Streams

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Ed Sheeran headlines on the Pyramid Stage during day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. 

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 29), JAY-Z scored his 14th No. 1, as 4:44 debuted in the top slot with 262,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music. Also in the top 10, rapper 21 Savage and sister rock trio HAIM saw their latest efforts debut.

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. 5 — The tracks on Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) have now collectively earned more than 1 billion on-demand audio streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. In total, the songs on his album have racked up 1.02 billion streams through the week ending July 13. The latest tracking frame pushed the album over the 1 billion threshold, as it earned another 24 million streams during the week. ÷ (Divide) follows Sheeran’s previous album, x (Multiply), which has tallied 1.51 billion streams for its tracks since its release in 2014. Both albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Radiohead, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997-2017 No. 23 — Thanks to the July 7 release of this deluxe reissue in a lavish boxed set and on vinyl, the album returns to the chart at No. 23 with 17,000 units earned in the week (up 472 percent). Of that sum, 16,000 were in traditional album sales (up 957 percent). And, of that sales figure, 8,000 were on vinyl and 7,000 were on CD. (The album bows at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart.)

The reissue was initially released on June 23 as a download and standard CD reissue, and it launched at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 dated July 15 with 13,000 units (of that sum, 10,000 were in album sales -- mostly from downloads). Then, the album fell off the chart for a week, only to return a week later (at a new high of No. 23), thanks to its boxed set and vinyl release on July 7.

The original OK Computer album peaked at No. 21 in 1997, and was the second of 10 top 40-charting albums for the band.

Katy Perry, Witness - No. 20 — The former No. 1 album zips from No. 30 to No. 20 with 18,000 units (up 27 percent) and 12,000 copies sold (up 63 percent). The set continues to benefit from a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion in association with Perry’s upcoming Witness: The Tour.

Imagine Dragons, Night Visions No. 85 — The band’s debut studio album clocks its 250th week on the chart as the album rises 88-85. The set debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Sept. 22, 2012-dated list and has sold 2.74 million copies in the U.S.

Toro y Moi, Boo Boo – No. 136 — The singer/songwriter/producer earns his fourth charting effort on the list, as Boo Boo bows at No. 136 with 5,000 units (3,000 in traditional album sales). The set also launches at No. 5 on Independent Albums, No. 18 on Alternative Albums and No. 29 on Top Rock Albums. 


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