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Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' Claims Another Record In Australia

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran performs in concert on the opening night of his Australian tour at Optus Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Perth, Australia. 

Ed Sheeran isn’t done with tearing up the record books Down Under. The English singer and songwriter enters a 26th week on the ARIA Albums Chart with Divide (Warner), a feat that sees him overtake John Farnham’s Whispering Jack, which locked up the top spot for 25 weeks back in 1986/1987. Sheeran’s reign over the ARIA Albums Chart is the longest by a male solo artist.

Just three other albums have spent longer at the summit: Delta Goodrem’s Innocent Eyes (29 weeks in 2003/2004), Adele’s 21 (32 weeks in 2011/2012) and Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms (34 weeks in 1985/1986). 

Sheeran has already ripped one record from Dire Straits; his just-completed Divide tour of Australia and New Zealand sold more than one million tickets, smashing the benchmark set by the British band's Brothers In Arms run in 1986. 

The "Perfect" singer's three albums impact the top 10 this week, as Multiply drops 4-5 and Plus dips 6-8.

Meanwhile, X Factor Australia album and Australia’s 2015 Eurovision representative Dami Im makes her fourth appearance on the ARIA Album Chart top 50 this week with I Hear A Song (Sony), her fifth studio album. The set, comprised of 12 covers and two originals, starts at No. 3. 

The next highest new entry comes from British singer George Ezra, whose sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s (Columbia/Sony) starts at No. 7, while one-time Australia’s Got Talent contestants The Wolfe Brothers make their ARIA Albums Chart debut at No. 10 with Country Heart (ABC/Universal), the country rock outfit’s fourth studio album.

Jack White just misses out on a top 10 bow with Boarding House Reach (Columbia/Sony), the Detroit rocker’s third solo album. It’s new at No. 11.

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Drake rules for a ninth week with “God’s Plan” (Republic/Universal), as Shawn Mendes bags the week’s highest new entry with his comeback track “‘In My Blood” (Island/Universal), new at No. 9.  The Canadian singer-songwriter also sees the second of his new releases, “Lost In Japan,” start at No. 27. Mendes has previously appeared in the top 50 of the ARIA Singles Chart five other times, hitting a career-high of No. 4 with three separate singles: “Stitches” (December 2015), “Treat You Better” (July 2016) and “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” (June 2017).