Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” (Asylum/Warner) has claimed a slice of chart history Down Under.
The English singer and songwriter’s comeback hit returns to the top of the ARIA Single Chart this week to log its 14th week at No. 1, breaking a record which stood for almost 22 years.
With it 2-1 rise, “Shape” eclipses the previous longest streak set by Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”, which ruled the tally for 13 weeks back in 1995. The ARIA Charts era covers July 1983 to present.
In the early stages of the chart year, Sheeran has been close to untouchable. In January, he became the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 with “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic/Warner), and on the release of his new album Divide, all 16 tracks charting simultaneously inside the top 40, also a new record.
Sheeran clearly has a special connection with Australian audiences. His sophomore set X (Warner) spent six weeks at No. 1 in 2014 and finished the year as the market’s biggest selling album. And at the 2015 ARIA Awards, Sheeran’s album received the inaugural ARIA “Diamond” award in recognition of sales in excess of half a million. In that same year, Sheeran became the first artist to embark on a headline national arena tour completely solo (playing to 190,000 people along the way). He returned with his loop pedal and favorite guitars for a solo stadium tour later in 2015 and earlier this year returned to the market for a brief promo trip.
The four-times platinum certified “Shape Of You” this week outpaces Kendrick Lamar’s fast rising “HUMBLE.,” which streaks 7-2 in its third week on the survey. The top five is completed by Sheeran’s “Galway Girl,” up 4-3; The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” (Columbia/Sony), down 3-4; and Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia/Sony), which slumps 1-5.
With her first new single release of 2017, Lady Gaga’s “The Cure” (Interscope/Universal) scores one of the week’s highest debuts at No. 17. It’s just one place below Lamar’s “DNA,” one of three tracks from DAMN. to enter the top 40 this week (“LOYALTY.” is at No. 20 and “LOVE.” is at No. 29). DAMN. starts at No. 2 on the albums list.