Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

On The Charts: July 24, 2017

Five months after the fact, Ed Sheeran’s Divide edges up one place and returns to the top of the Billboard Canadian Albums chart on the strength of a weekly consumption total of 7,000 units.

Coincidentally, the renewed burst helps to match his three-week stay at the top with, X, in 2014.

American rapper French Montana’s star-studded 18-track Jungle Rules sophomore set is the top new entry on the chart, landing at 2, surpassing the success he had with 2013’s Excuse My French, which peaked at 11. Jungle Rules picks up the highest on-demand stream total for an album this week.

Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct bullets 53-8, and has the highest sales total for the week. With the band’s recent shows in Quebec City, Toronto, and Montreal, renewed interest in the catalogue helps the self-titled album rocket 100-46, and Master Of Puppets to re-enter at 181.

Coldplay achieves its eighth top-ten album as Kaleidoscope debuts at 10. The five-song EP surpasses '08’s Prospekt’s March, which peaked at 18.

The one other new entry in the top 40 belongs to Brit pop duo Oh Wonder, whose Ultralife album debuts at 17 and bests the peak of 19 that Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht enjoyed with their self-titled, 2015 debut.

Notably, the duo wrote, recorded, produced and mixed Ultralife themselves.

Following the passing of front man Chester Bennington on Thursday, Linkin Park albums posted substantial consumption gains.

The most recent album, One More Light, bolts 174-25, while their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, lands at 38, and 2003’s Meteora at 97.

Collectively, Linkin Park album sales post close to a 500% increase over the previous week.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” continues to rule the Digital Song and Streaming charts, with three times as many downloads as the runner up, and double that of the No. 2 song.

Data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by Nielsen Canada Music Director Paul Tuch.

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