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 Straits’ Brothers 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.