On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 25), Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) debuted atop the tally with 2017's biggest bow: 451,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music. It also logged the biggest sales frame of the year so far: 322,000 copies sold.
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:
Lorde, Pure Heroine, No. 101 - After a year off the chart, Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine steps back onto the list at No. 101 with 7,000 units (up 88 percent - mostly driven by streaming units: 5,000). The album jumps back onto the tally following publicity surrounding the singer/songwriter's new music: her song "Green Light" vaults from No. 100 to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's the first offering from her upcoming second studio album, Melodrama.
Pure Heroine debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. It has sold 1.66 million copies in the U.S. It was last on the list dated March 26, 2016.
Panic! at the Disco, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, No. 172 - The alternative act's fourth album clocks its landmark 100th week on the tally, as it rises four slots to No. 172. It's easily Panic! at the Disco's longest charting album as well, followed by the act's debut effort, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, with 83 weeks.
Soundtrack, Sing, No. 59 - After the animated music film was released to Digital HD video on March 3, its companion soundtrack earns a big 62 percent lift in units earned in the week ending March 9 (rising to 9,000 units - mostly from album sales: 7,000). The album could net another lift in the coming weeks, as the movie will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on March 21.
The Notorious B.I.G., Greatest Hits, No. 92 - The Notorious B.I.G.'s Greatest Hits rises from No. 166 to No. 92 following news and attention generated by the 20th anniversary of his death on March 9. The album earned 7,000 units in the tracking week (up 46 percent). Of that sum, 4,000 were in streaming units - a gain of 42 percent. Overall in the week ending March 9, the rapper's total on-demand streams (audio and video combined) rose by 35 percent to 16.8 million streams.
Eminem, Curtain Call: The Hits, No. 103 - Eminem's former No. 1 claims a whopping 331st nonconsecutive week on the list. That sum ties it for the ninth-most weeks on the chart with the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera (Highlights). Eminem's album continues to have the most weeks on the list for any hip-hop title, ahead of his own The Eminem Show, with 310 weeks.