Man-of-the-moment Ed Sheeran is in total control of Australia’s two main charts as his new album Divide bows at No. 1 and every track from it cracks the survey.
The Englishman’s hit “Shape Of You” (Asylum/Warner) logs a ninth successive week at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and is one of 16 tracks from Divide charting simultaneously inside the top 40, a new record. Also, no living artist has had more than 14 singles in the top 100 at any given time. Sheeran this week has 18, including three of the top 5 as “Castle On The Hill” enters its ninth week at No. 2, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay's “Something Just Like This” (Columbia/Sony) slips 2-3, Lorde marks her return with the week’s best debut at No. 4 for “Green Light” (Universal) and Sheeran’s “Dive” drops in at No. 5.
Divide, as expected, bows at the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart while his previous albums Multiply (up 6-3) and Plus (up 17-4) propel up the chart. All three of his albums have spent time at No. 1, with Multiply occupying the year-end best seller title for 2014. Though ARIA does not share sales data, the trade body does confirm Divide completes its first week with double-platinum certification (140,000 units or more).
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