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Ed Sheeran Still ‘Divide’s & Conquers on U.K. Charts

Ed Sheeran continues to shred the competition on the U.K. sales charts, holding down nine of the singles top ten for a second week and two of the top three albums in Official Charts Company data.

Ed Sheeran continues to shred the competition on the U.K. sales charts, holding down nine of the singles top ten for a second week and two of the top three albums in Official Charts Company data.

“Shape Of You,” “Galway Girl” and “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Warner Music) retain the top three places on the singles list, as “Shape” enters a tenth week at No. 1 with weekly combined units of 106,000. Last week, nine tracks from his new set ÷ (Divide) resided in the singles top 10, and all 16 in the top 20; he still has nine of the top ten, and 16 in the top 40.

“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Parlophone/Warneer) by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay rebounds 7-4 on the singles chart, with Sheeran’s “Perfect” down 4-5. Danish DJ-producer Martin Jensen posts a 25-12 climb with “Solo Dance” (Discowax).

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The ÷ album had combined units in its second week of 304,000 to add to its opening 672,000 — a new record for a male solo artist in the territory — for a running total of 976,000. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) is steady at No. 2 again, with Sheeran’s x (Multiply) back up 4-3.

British singer-songwriter Laura Marling scores her fifth top 10 album in a row with her sixth studio release Semper Femina (More Alarming) at No. 5. There’s also a No. 7 entry for Soft Cell and Marc Almond‘s Hits and Pieces (UMC/Universal), a collection of Almond’s work with the electro pioneers and as a solo artist. It’s the first time in the U.K. album top ten for either name since Memorabilia —The Singles reached No. 8 in 1991.

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Also of note is the 79-21 rise for The BeatlesAbbey Road (EMI/Universal), following its appearance as the first in “partwork” publishers DeAgostini’s TV-advertised Beatles Vinyl Collection series, on 180g vinyl. It’s the album’s first appearance in the top 40 since it reached No. 6 during a 2009 promotion.