25 Chart Takeaways: Ed Sheeran Tops Billboard 200 with ‘÷’


Ed Sheeran, Divide © AtlanticEd Sheeran comes up big on the Billboard 200 with his third studio album, ÷. Khalid debuts at no. 9 with ‘American Teen.’

Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran put up robust numbers on the Billboard 200. ÷ earned the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, thanks to 451,000 units moved. Honestly, there was nothing standing in the pop singer/songwriter’s way – no offense Khalid. Khalid was no competition for Sheeran, but the up-and-coming teen R&B phenomenon still earned a top-10 debut with American Teen. Beyond Sheeran and Khalid, there are plenty of other captivating chart stories from the Billboard 200 dated March 25, 2017.

1. Ed Sheeran delivers with ÷, which debuted resoundingly at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Expectedly, X jumps from no. 49 to no. 21 in its 142nd week. + ascends from no. 136 to no. 57 in its 202nd week.

2. Metallica came up this week. Hardwired…to Self-Destruct ascended from no. 14 to no. 2.

3. Bruno Mars remains at no. 3 with 24K Magic, but experiences “gains in performance.”

4. Future concedes the no. 1 and no. 2 spot this week. Even so he remains a top-five fixture. Future slips from no. 2 to no. 4, while HNDRXX dips from no. 1 to no. 5.

5. Khalid takes his debut album American Teen to a no. 9 start on the Billboard 200.

6. Big Sean lands outside of the top 10 with I Decided. I Decided dips from no. 9 to no. 11 in its fifth charting week.

7. Little Big Town slides 15 spots with The Breaker. The Breaker started at no. 4, but sits at no. 19 this week.

8. Travis Scott gets a lift as Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight ascends from no. 30 to no. 23.

9. After debuting at no. 24, NAV (NAV) dips 11 spots to no. 35.

10. Childish Gambino sees “Awaken, My Love!” ascend from no. 63 to no. 46 in its 14th week.

11. Aaron Watson free falls following a respectable debut. Vaquero slips from no. 10 to no. 55.

12. The Sing sound track rises from no. 127 to no. 59.

13. Despite a lackadaisical debut and so-so second week, Fat Joe & Remy Ma see joint album Plata O Plomo rise from no. 69 to no. 61.

14. Emmure starts at no. 73 with Look at Yourself.

15. Lil Uzi Vert experiences a spike as Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World ascends from no. 86 to no. 76.

16. Gospel musician William McDowell debuts at no. 91 with Sounds of Revival, Part Two.

17. Dario is on the rise as Point of No Return ascends from its no. 110 debut to no. 93 in its second week.

18. Charlie Wilson continues to slide down the charts. In It to Win It slips from no. 57 to no. 94 in only its third week of availability.

19. DJ Snake (Encore) ascends from no. 113 to no. 99 in its 31st charting week.

20. Minus the Bear debuts at no. 109 with VOIDS.

21. Moonshine Bandits start at no. 111 with Baptized in Bourbon.

22. Jidenna continues to see The Chief slip down the charts. He slides from no. 70 to no. 115 this week.

23. Ryan Adams seems to be going nowhere. Prisoner free falls from no. 54 to no. 132! Ouch!

24. Prince Royce sees FIVE plummet from no. 25 to no. 134 in its second charting week.

25. Who earned the lowest debut on the Billboard 200? That would be Within the Ruins, who sees Halfway Human start at no. 191.

Photo Credit: Atlantic

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