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Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Continue to Dominate Australia’s Charts

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee make it a dozen weeks at the summit of the Australia's singles chart with "Despacito" while Ed Sheeran racks up another week atop the national albums survey.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee make it a dozen weeks at the summit of the Australia’s singles chart with “Despacito” (Republic/Universal) as Ed Sheeran racks up another stint atop the national albums survey. 

The benchmark-setting “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, has just become the first video to reach 3 billion views and is indisputably one of the biggest global hits of the year. In Australia, it’s clocked up quadruple-platinum (280,000 units) en route to its 12 straight weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart, and it’s also currently ensconced at the top of the charts in U.S. the U.K. 


Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (Interscope/Universal) doesn’t enough noise to elevate from its position at No. 2 on Australia’s chart, while Calvin Harris’ “Feels,” featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, is unchanged at No. 3; Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Quavo, stays at No. 4 and Macklemore’s “Glorious” (ADA/Warner), featuring Skylar Grey, continues its impressive climb. The track’s recent chart journey has seen it rise 15-7-5.

Also enjoying a solid improvement this week is Kesha’s “Praying” (RCA/Sony), up 16-7 for the singer-songwriter’s eighth top ten on the tally and the first since “Die Young” went to No. 3 in November 2012. And country singer Sam Hunt cracks the top ten for the first time with “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA/Universal). It’s up 15-10 in its seventh week on the chart.


Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Warner) shows remarkable stamina to log an 18th week at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, and it does so by holding off five strong debuts, led by Arcade Fire’s fifth album Everything Now (Columbia/Sony), which starts at No. 2 for the Canadian alternative rockers’ highest chart position to date.

Also, 2017 The Voice Australia champ Judah Kelly opens at No. 3 with Count On Me (Universal), veteran rocker Alice Cooper’s 27th studio album Paranormal (Sony) is new at No. 4, former ARIA male artist of the year-winner Dan Sultan bows at No. 5 with Killer (Liberation/Universal) and Passenger’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Black Crow Records) enters at No. 6. 

Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Extend Reign Over Australia’s Charts

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee continue to dominate ARIA's singles chart with "Despacito" while Ed Sheeran extends his rule over the albums survey.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee continue to dominate ARIA’s singles chart with “Despacito” while Ed Sheeran extends his rule over the albums survey. 

The Puerto Rican stars’ “Despacito” (Republic/Universal), which features Justin Bieber, logs an eighth successive week atop the ARIA Singles Chart and is now double platinum Down Under. 

“Despacito,” which means “slowly” in Spanish, bests another slow burner, Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" (Capitol/EMI), which rises from No. 5 to a new peak of No. 2 off the back of the former One Direction singer’s promotional visit to these shores.  


DJ Khaled has two tracks in the top 5, led by "Wild Thoughts" (Epic/Sony) featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which dips 2-3, and the Miami rapper and producer’s former chart-topping collab ‘I'm The One" (Universal/Sony), featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, which slips 4-5. Wedged between those two singles is another 1D star, Liam Payne, whose solo debut “Strip That Down” (Capitol/EMI) featuring Quavo is down 3-4.
With a 12-6 blast up the tally for “Thunder” (Interscope/Universal), Imagine Dragons swoop for a third top 10 and a career equaling high (“Radioactive” also hit No. 6 in July 2013), while Calvin Harris bounces into the top 10 with “Feels,” the Scottish producer and DJ’s collab with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Lifted from Harris’ latest album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (Columbia/Sony), which opens at No. 5 on the national albums chart this week, “Feels” soars 26-9 for his 11th top 10 single in Australia.

The week’s best performing debut comes from Judah Kelly, 2017 season winner of The Voice Australia (Universal), whose “Count On Me” starts at No. 19. Kelly’s release is his first to crack the top 40 and it’s the second highest-ranked homegrown track on this week’s chart, behind Jessica Mauboy's "Fallin'" (Sony) up 20-15. 


After returning to the summit last week, Ed Sheeran's Divide (Warner) snatches top spot for a 14th non-consecutive week on the ARIA Albums Chart, a feat which means the English singer-songwriter has spent half of the year to date at No. 1. 

Rockers Stone Sour drop in at No. 2 with Hydrograd (Roadrunner/Warner), their sixth and highest-charting album, while Lorde’s Melodrama (Universal) slips 2-3 and Katy Perry’s whirlwind promo trip gives her latest album Witness (Capitol/EMI) a boost. It’s up 10-4 while her single “Swish Swish” collects a new peak on the ARIA Singles Chart, soaring 44-22.

Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Rule Australia’s Charts

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" (Republic/Universal) extends its run atop Australia's singles chart for a seventh week while Ed Sheeran's "Divide" (Warner) logs a 14th week at the summit of…

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito” (Republic/Universal) extends its run atop Australia’s singles chart for a seventh week while Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Warner) logs a 14th week at the summit of the national albums survey. 

”Despacito,” which features Justin Bieber, leads the ARIA Streaming Singles tally and is double platinum certified Down Under (140,000 units), does enough to beat DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” (Epic/Sony), featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which rises from No. 4 to a new peak of No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The Miami rapper and producer’s collab-crammed former No. 1 “I’m The One” (Universal/Sony) improves 5-4 and is braced by a pair of One Direction solo projects, Liam Payne featuring Quavo’s “Strip That Down” (Capitol/EMI), down 2-3, and Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” (Capitol/EMI), down 3-5.


Also making an impression in this week’s chart: Jonas Blue featuring William Singe’s “Mama” (Virgin/EMI), which rises 11-7 for the British producer’s third top 10, while Charlie Puth grabs a fourth top 10 with “Attention” (Warner), up 12-10. Popular Aussie singer Jessica Mauboy has the week’s highest new entry (and the best-placed locally-sourced release) with “Fallin'” (Sony) which starts at No. 20. 

“Fallin’” was penned for the second season of the free-to-air Seven Network TV series The Secret Daughter, in which Mauboy stars, and it’s her 23rd appearance in the top 50 as a lead artist.

Meanwhile, Sheeran’s quadruple-platinum Divide improves 2-1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, switching places with Lorde’s Melodrama (Universal), which dips 1-2. Homegrown psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Flightless Records/Inertia) start at No. 3 with Murder Of The Universe, their 10th album. King Gizzard are riding a freakish creative purple patch right now with Murder Of The Universe the second of their five planned album releases this year. Just behind it is Imagine Dragons Evolve (Interscope/Universal), which opens at No. 4, the same peak position for each of the U.S. alternative rock band’s previous two albums, while Canadian rockers Nickelback complete the top 5 with Feed The Machine (BMG/Warner).


Just outside the top 5 is Radiohead’s deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of OK Computer (XL/Inertia), which re-enters at No. 6 to eclipse the classic LP’s previous peak of No. 7. DJ Khaled’s U.S. chart-topper Grateful (Epic/Sony) can only manage No. 7 on debut for his second top 10 entry on the ARIA Albums Chart (Major Key peaked at No. 6 last August).