Ed Sheeran and the xx Rule Australia's Charts

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Ed Sheeran performs at the Natural History Museum in London. 

Ed Sheeran controls the top two slots on Australia’s singles chart for a second week while the xx score a first-ever No. 1 on the market’s albums chart.

Sheeran created a slice of chart history last week by becoming the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart with “Shape of You” (Asylum/Warner) and "Castle on the Hill,” respectively. The English singer and songwriter isn't ready to hand-over the chart title just yet.

The artist's comeback songs again lock-up the 1-2 atop an unchanged top five, with Clean Bandit’s hit “Rockabye” (EastWest/Warner) at No. 3, Zayn & Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic/Universal) at No. 4 and Andy Grammer’s “Fresh Eyes” (Liberation/Universal) at No. 5.

The Chainsmokers have the week’s highest debut single with the nostalgia-fest “Paris" (Columbia/Sony), new at No. 6 for the EDM duo’s sixth top ten, while Pnau’s “Chameleon” (MoS/Universal) rises 15-10 to become the Aussie electronic act’s first entry to reach the national top 10. And Brits Critics Choice winner Rag'N'Bone Man enjoys a first-ever stint in the top 20 with “Human” (Sony), which climbs 21-17. 

Meanwhile, the xx bow at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with I See You (Young Turks/Remote Control), eclipsing the No. 2 best for the British electro-goth act’s sophomore set Coexist from 2012 and the No. 2 peak for band member Jamie Smith’s solo side project In Colour (from 2015) as Jamie xx

I See You, the trio’s third album, ends the two-week reign of the Trolls (RCA/Sony) soundtrack, which falls to No. 2 in its ninth week on the survey. 

Country sister act The McClymonts enjoy a fourth top 10 with Endless (Island/Universal), which starts at No. 3. Endless is the group’s fifth studio album and the followup to 2014’s Here's To You & I, which reached a high of No. 8 in July 2014.

Elsewhere on this week's frame, the Sing (Universal) soundtrack slips 2-4, while the Moana (Walt Disney/Universal) soundtrack dips 3-5.

Other notable movers and debutants this week includes Bonobo’s Migration (Ninja Tune/Inertia), which bows at No. 12 for the U.K. artist and producer’s first stint in the top 50; the La La Land (Intersope/Universal) soundtrack dents the top ten for the first time, climbing 13-7 in its third week; while Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ former No. 1 Skeleton Tree (Kobalt/Inertia) returns to the top 50 at No. 22 as the veteran artist laps the country on his latest homecoming tour. 


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