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Ed Sheeran Divide

Ed Sheeran Divide

Australian Charts: Ed Sheeran ‘Divide’ Continues Its Reign

by Gavin Ryan on August 7, 2017

in News,Noise Pro

Ed Sheeran returns for a fifth run at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with his third album “÷ (Divide)” now racking up an eighteenth overall week at the top of the Australian charts.

“÷ (Divide)” racks up an eighteenth week at the top by climbing back up two places to the top spot, and now takes Ed’s tally of weeks at No.1 in Australia to 27 weeks (from 3 No.1 albums), making him equal fourteenth on the list for ‘Accumualted Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965-2017′ alongside the 27 weeks amassed from two No.1 albums by Skyhooks in the 1970’s. Overall the eighteenth week at the top matches three previous albums who have achieved this tally, “Abbey Road” for The Beatles (1969/70), “Silk Degrees” for Boz Scaggs (No.1 this time in 1977) and the last to do so was spending its 14th of 18 weeks at the top back in 1994, “Music Box” by Mariah Carey.

Only four of last weeks Top 10 album remain within this weeks ten, and after a single week at the top the Lana Del Rey fifth album “Lust for Life” drops down six places to No.7, becoming her fourth such album to debut and spent only one week at No.1 in Australia. Linkin Park’s most recent studio album “One More Light” falls back down five places to No.9 and the “Baby Driver” soundtrack is down one spot to No.10 this week.

The first of six Top 10 debuts this week is the fifth studio album for Canada’s Arcade Fire entitled “Everything Now”, which is the new UK No.1 album this week and here it comes in at No.2, and by doing so it becomes the bands highest charted album here, beating the No.3 position of their last albums chart entry “Reflektor” (HP-3, Nov 2013). The Voice 2017 winner for Australia Judah Kelly takes his debut album “Count on Me” straight into the chart at No.3 this week, followed by the 27th studio album for rock-icon Alice Cooper entitled “Paranormal” in at No.4. Alice last scored a Top 10 album in Australia with his 1989 album “Trash” (LP#17, HP-5, peaked Jan 1990), and overall this becomes his sixth Top 10 album since he first cracked the ten with “School’s Out” (LP#5, HP-5) in August of 1972. Alice’s highest charted album so far here was “Lace & Whiskey” (LP#9, HP-3×2, peaked late May 1977)

Local singer Dan Sultan sees his third studio album entitled “Killer” debut at No.5 this week, becoming his second Top 10 entry and now fourth Top 100 entry, as his 2014 EP “Blackbirds” debuted and peaked at No.4 (April), and then coming in at No.6 is the sixth studio album for Passenger entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, becoming his fourth Top 10 here. And the third Australian entry to the Top 10 this week is new at No.8, “Beautiful – A Tribute to Carole King”, which features local acts performing Carole’s many penned and sung songs by such acts as Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, Rick Price, Tina Arena, Samantha Jade and Vika & Linda Bull.

* Halsey turns her latest album around and blasts back up sixty-six spots to No.19 with “hopeless kingdom fountain”, with her debut set “Badlands” rising seven to No.91.
* The Ten Tenors just announced a national tour here, and their most recent album “Wish You Were Here” (HP-18) returns at No.36 this week.
* The Chainsmokers debut album “Memories… Do Not Open” is back up sixteen places to No.38.
* The promo tour for Zara Larsson this past week helps her “So Good” album to rise thirty-two spots to land at No.40.
* Last weeks debut just outside of the Top 50 for Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on “Together” this week cracks the fifty and climbs up eleven spots to a new peak of No.45.
* Back up nine spots to No.56 is the Khalid album “American Teen”.
* Further returns occur with albums for Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole with “The Great Country Songbook Vol.II” (#66), “Tapestry” for Carole King (#75, helped by the tribute album), “Same Kind of Different” for Dean Lewis (#81, vinyl just released), best of collections for Maroon 5 (#93) and Fleetwood Mac (GH #99), whilst the Guns N’ Roses set “Appetite for Destruction” is back in at #100.

* Lorde is the first of six albums to leave the Top 10 this week, with “Melodrama” (HP-1×1, WI10-6) down one to No.11, and two of last weeks new Top 10 entries also fall out, with the Vera Blue set “Perennial” (HP-6, WI10-1) down eleven to No.17 and Tyler, The Creator with his “Flower Boy” (HP-8, WI10-1) album dropping thirty-one spots to No.39.
* The other Top 10 dropouts are all Linkin Park sets, with “Hybrid Theory” (HP-2xnow4, WI10-24now) down twelve to No.14, “Meteora” (HP-2, WI10-9now) dropping seventeen to No.22 and then “Minutes to Midnight” (HP1x1, WI10-10now) falling fifty spots to No.57. So of the eleven Park sets in the Top 100 last week, this week it is reduced to just four.
* “Witness” for Katy Perry drops eight spots this week to No.20.
* The new Calvin Harris set “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” drops nine to No.25.
* Three weeks ago Meg Mac debuted at No.2 with her “Low Blows” album, this week it is down twelve spots to No.27.
* There has just been a new Harry Styles single announced, which should help his self-titled album to rise again soon, as this week the album drops eleven places to No.34.
* Nickelback drops seventeen places to No.35 with their “Feed the Machine” set.
* Bruno Mars descends twelve spots to No.43 with his “24k Magic” album.
* The recent Jay-Z set “4:44” drops twenty-four spots this week to No.46.
* London Grammar drop twelve to No.48 with their “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”.
* Two of last weeks three re-entries for Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu survive within the Top 100 this week, with “Gurrumul” down twenty-two places to No.49 and his “Gospel Album” down ten to No.76.
* Stone Sour are down eighteen to No.52 with “Hydrograd”, whilst Royal Blood fall nineteen to No.54 with “How Did We Get So Dark?”.
* The new Vance Joy single push for their old album could be over, as “Dream Your Life Away” drops back down seventeen places to No.63.
* Pete Murray’s “Camacho” falls fourteen places to No.65, and the “Night Thinker” EP for another local singer in Amy Shark is down twenty-two spots to No.67.
* The Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” set is down thirty-three places to No.70.
* The soundtrack “Sing” drops thirteen places to No.71, “The Descendants 2” TV Soundtrack is down twenty-one to No.85, and the “Beauty & the Beast” set drops fourteen to No.89.
* This week in 1967 The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” went to No.1 for the first of 30 weeks at the top, and this week the re-packaged edition of the album is down eighteen to No.88.
* Big drops out of the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are for Linkin Park in “Collision Course” (#28), “The Hunting Party” (#38), “Living Things” (#40), A Thousand Suns (#47) and the box-set “Studio Collection” (#49), whilst also albums for k.d. Lang (#30), In This Moment (#43) and the Nine Inch Nails EP “Add Violence” (#44).

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