After just one week on sale, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) album is already 2017’s biggest-selling album. The set was released on March 3 through Atlantic Records, and sold 322,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music. That sum beats the runner-up seller, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, which has sold 230,000 copies in 2017 (of its total 709,000 sold since its bow last November).
÷’s launch also scored Sheeran’s biggest sales week yet, surpassing the 209,000 bow of his previous studio effort, 2014’s x. ÷ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 25), marking Sheeran’s second leader, following x. The album’s lead single, “Shape of You,” continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as it racked up a seventh nonconsecutive week atop the tally.
Notably, as Sheeran leads both the Billboard 200 albums chart on Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at the same time, he’s the first act to do so since July 30, 2016. That week, Drake topped the former with Views, and the latter with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla.