Ed Sheeran Scores Chart Double in Australia

Ed Sheeran
Greg Williams

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran doubles up on Australia’s charts this week as Divide (Warner) rises 2-1 on the albums survey and "Perfect" retains the singles crown

It’s the first time Sheeran has locked up both tallies since March, when “Shape of You” was cruising to its record-setting 15-week stint at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. 

Divide, which is certified five-times platinum in these parts, should stay at or near the top for months to come. Sheeran will support his third album with a stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand next March which, like Divide, is doing impressive business. The British singer-songwriter’s itinerary has expanded to 18 shows, eclipsing the historic mark of 14 stadium dates for a single trek set by AC/DC’s Black Ice tour of 2010 and it has passed the all-time sales record for a tour set by Dire Straits in 1986, when an estimated 900,000 people attended the Brothers In Arms shows.

“Perfect,” Sheeran’s fourth No. 1 in Australia, leads an unchanged top five this week. Camila Cabello’s “Havana" (Epic/Sony) featuring Young Thug is at No. 2 again, Post Malone’s former chart leader “Rockstar” (Republic/Universal) feat. 21 Savage is at No. 3 and the U.S. rapper also appears at No. 4 with "I Fall Apart" (Universal) while Marshmello and Khalid’s “Silence” (RCA/Sony) is unmoved from its peak position of No. 5.

It’s a slow week for new releases with just one track entering the chart for the first time, Calum Scott’s “You Are The Reason” (Capitol/EMI) at No. 36, the British singer-songwriter’s second entry in the top 50 after claiming a No. 2 last year with his cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.”

Meanwhile, Sheeran’s Divide conquers the ARIA Albums Chart for the 21st non-consecutive week as his previous albums Multiply and Plus rise 27-22 and 43-33, respectively. Divide returns to No. 1 for the first time in 14 weeks, as Pink's Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) is bounced 2-1, Michael Buble’s Christmas (Reprise/Warner) is unmoved from No. 3, John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s Friends For Christmas (Sony) rises 6-4 and Taylor Swift’s Reputation (Big Machine/Universal) dips 4-5.

U.S. country artist Luke Bryan has the highest new entry on the chart with What Makes You Country (Capitol/EMI) at No. 6.  Bryan’s sixth studio album is his fourth to hit the ARIA top 50.

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