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Ed Sheeran and the xx Rule Australia’s Charts

Ed Sheeran and the xx are masters of the charts Down Under.

Ed Sheeran controls the top two slots on Australia’s singles chart for a second week while the xx score a first-ever No. 1 on the market’s albums chart.

Sheeran created a slice of chart history last week by becoming the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart with “Shape of You” (Asylum/Warner) and “Castle on the Hill,” respectively. The English singer and songwriter isn’t ready to hand-over the chart title just yet.

The artist’s comeback songs again lock-up the 1-2 atop an unchanged top five, with Clean Bandit’s hit “Rockabye” (EastWest/Warner) at No. 3, Zayn & Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic/Universal) at No. 4 and Andy Grammer’s “Fresh Eyes” (Liberation/Universal) at No. 5.

The Chainsmokers have the week’s highest debut single with the nostalgia-fest “Paris” (Columbia/Sony), new at No. 6 for the EDM duo’s sixth top ten, while Pnau’s “Chameleon” (MoS/Universal) rises 15-10 to become the Aussie electronic act’s first entry to reach the national top 10. And Brits Critics Choice winner Rag’N’Bone Man enjoys a first-ever stint in the top 20 with “Human” (Sony), which climbs 21-17. 


Meanwhile, the xx bow at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with I See You (Young Turks/Remote Control), eclipsing the No. 2 best for the British electro-goth act’s sophomore set Coexist from 2012 and the No. 2 peak for band member Jamie Smith’s solo side project In Colour (from 2015) as Jamie xx

I See You, the trio’s third album, ends the two-week reign of the Trolls (RCA/Sony) soundtrack, which falls to No. 2 in its ninth week on the survey. 

Country sister act The McClymonts enjoy a fourth top 10 with Endless (Island/Universal), which starts at No. 3. Endless is the group’s fifth studio album and the followup to 2014’s Here’s To You & I, which reached a high of No. 8 in July 2014.

Elsewhere on this week’s frame, the Sing (Universal) soundtrack slips 2-4, while the Moana (Walt Disney/Universal) soundtrack dips 3-5.


Other notable movers and debutants this week includes Bonobo’s Migration (Ninja Tune/Inertia), which bows at No. 12 for the U.K. artist and producer’s first stint in the top 50; the La La Land (Intersope/Universal) soundtrack dents the top ten for the first time, climbing 13-7 in its third week; while Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ former No. 1 Skeleton Tree (Kobalt/Inertia) returns to the top 50 at No. 22 as the veteran artist laps the country on his latest homecoming tour.