Ed Sheeran Completes Another Chart Double Down Under
Ed Sheeran maintains his tight grip on Australia’s charts as the Englishman logs an 11th consecutive week atop the national singles survey and a third week at No. 1 on the albums tally.
Sheeran has 10 tracks in the top 50 of the ARIA Singles Chart, three of which are in the top ten, led by the four-times platinum “Shape of You” (Asylum/Warner) which enjoys an eleven-week unbroken run at No. 1. It’s a streak not seen in these parts since the Spice Girls’ breakthrough “Wannabe” ruled for a stretch in 1996 and 1997. Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” dips 2-3 and “Galway Girl” slips 7-8 this week.
Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” (Columbia/Sony) improves one place to No. 2, its debut and peak position, while Zedd featuring Alessia Cara’s “Stay” (Interscope/Universal) improves 6-4 to give the German DJ his first appearance in the top 5. Kygo and Selena Gomez’ “It Ain't Me” (Sony) is unmoved at No. 5.
The week’s top debut goes to Drake with “Passionfuit,” the second track from his new album More Life (Universal). “Passionfruit” starts at No. 19, the same position “Fake Love” peaked at in December 2016.
With a third week at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Divide, Sheeran completes another chart double and holds off Drake’s new LP, which opens at No. 2. Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) drops 2-3 in the week the singer wrapped up her first tour of Australia, while the Trolls (RCA/Sony) soundtrack improves 4-3 and Sheeran’s diamond-certified Multiply slips 3-5. New albums by Zara Larsson, Milky Chance and Depeche Mode crack the top 20 this week.