Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Bounds Back Into Top Three

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 collected an eighth nonconsecutive week atop the list, moving 244,000 equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music. (That figure was comprised of 172,000 in pure album sales, with the rest made up of track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

— Ed Sheeran, x – No. 3 — Ed Sheeran’s x vaults 7-3 with 83,000 units (down 26 percent). It is the album’s highest rank since its second week on the chart (dated July 19, 2014) when it fell 1-2. More than half of his album’s overall unit total is comprised of SEA and TEA (mostly TEA, where his track equivalent total is 37,000 for the week).

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