Shaun's Music Minute 3-13-17

Ed Sheeran’s “÷” Tops The “Billboard” 200 With The Best Debut Of 2017              

As expected, Ed Sheeran’s new album “÷” (“Divide”) tops the “Billboard” 200 this week and man what a debut week it had. Ed moved 451,000 equivalent album units, which makes the album 2017’s largest debut and the best-selling week since J.Cole moved 492,000 copies of “4 Your Eyez Only” the week of December 31st 2016. What’s more, of that 451,000, 322,000 were in traditional album sales, which is also the largest amount since J.Cole’s release.

“Divide” is now Ed’s second consecutive number one following 2014’s “x” (“Multiply”), which debuted on top with 209,000 in traditional album sales.

The Chainsmokers Set For “Saturday Night Live”              

The Chainsmokers are headed to “Saturday Night Live” next month. The EDM duo have been announced as musical guests for the April 8th episode, which will feature host Louis CK.

“But for real, is this actually happening... are we dreaming...,” the band tweeted after the annoucement.  “Never in our wildest dreams did I ever think this would be possible!”

They are also stoked to be sharing the stage with Louis, adding, “Louis CK is our favorite comedian, we are playing brand new music on SNL from the album on a show we admired since we were kids!”

The Chainsmokers are getting ready to release their new album “Memories Do Not Open,” which will drop April 7th.

New Stargate Tune Featuring Pink & Sia Debuts              

Pink and Sia appear on the debut single from Norwegian duo Stargate, a.k.a. Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, and now the track, “Waterfall,” has officially been released. 

Although you may not have heard of Stargate specifically, if you’re a fan of music you’ve probably heard some of their tunes. They produced Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” album, and co-wrote such songs as Beyoncé‘s “Irreplaceable,” Katy Perry‘s “Firework” and more.

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