Ed Sheeran, Kasey Chambers Rule Australia's Charts

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Ed Sheeran performs at Suncorp Stadium on Nov. 28, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  

Ed Sheeran holds down the top two slots on Australia’s singles chart for a third week while alt-country queen Kasey Chambers snags her fifth No. 1 on the national albums chart. 

Sheeran “Shape Of You” (Asylum/Warner) and “Castle On The Hill” stay at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the ARIA Singles Chart (and on the national Streaming Singles chart) and both tracks are now gold certified (35,000-plus units). 

Former chart-topper “Rockabye” (EastWest/Warner), by British trio Clean Bandit with features from Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, is once again relegated to third place by Sheeran’s comeback tracks, while The Chainsmokers’ nostalgic “Paris” (Columbia/Sony) rises 6-4 for the U.S. EDM duo’s fifth top five single Down Under. 

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Just days after Amy Shark’s “Adore” scored the No. 2 position in Triple J’s public-voted Hottest 100 countdown,” the Aussie singer is swimming up the chart. “Adore” soars 42-13, a new peak. 
 
The ARIA Albums Chart is ruled this week by Kasey Chambers 11th studio set Dragonfly (Warner), which flies straight to the top spot.

Guests on the double-album include Ed Sheeran, Grizzlee Train, Harry Hookey, Vika and Linda BullKeith Urban, Foy Vance and Paul Kelly, the ARIA Hall of Famer and Australia Day honoree who produced the first disc at The Sing Sing Sessions (the second was produced by Kasey’s brother Nash Chambers at The Foggy Mountain Sessions).

Chambers has previously topped the survey with Barricades & Brickwalls (February 2002), Wayward Angel (June 2004), Carnival (June 2004) and the collaboration with her ex Shane Nicholson, Rattlin' Bones (April 2008).

The Trolls (RCA/Sony) soundtrack holds at No.  2 this week, the Sing (Universal) soundtrack improves 4-3, the Moana (Walt Disney/Universal) soundtrack rises 5-4 and Adele’s nine-time platinum certified 25 (XL/Inertia) -- the market's best seller in 2016 and 2015 -- elevates 6-5 in its 62nd week on the chart. 

AFI has one of the week’s strongest debuts with AFI (The Blood Album), the American alternative rock act’s 10th album. It’s new at No. 12, for their fourth top 50.


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