Ed Sheeran's Divide has biggest debut of 2017
Ed Sheeran is dividing and conquering all the charts.
The British pop star’s third album, ÷ (pronounced “divide”), stormed the Billboard 200 album chart, taking the No. 1 spot and earning 451,000 equivalent album units in the week ending with March 9, according to Nielsen Music. Sheeran’s huge release marks the largest week for an album so far this year and is also the biggest debut since J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only premiered at No. 1 with 492,000 equivalent units back in December.
This is Sheeran’s second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. His second studio release, x, snagged the top spot back in 2014, with 209,000 in traditional album sales. His new effort has already cleared 322,000 in traditional album sales.
The album also broke some Spotify records upon its March 3 release: It had the highest number of first-day streams for an album, finishing the day with 56,727,861 streams — nearly twice the amount of the previous record holder, The Weeknd’s Starboy (29 million). Sheeran also nabbed the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist over the course of a single day; his music collection was streamed 68,695,172 times that Friday.
Sheeran will be embarking on a 46-date North American tour that kicks off this summer in Kansas City. See the full list of dates here.