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Ed Sheeran Divide

Ed Sheeran Divide

Australian Charts: Ed Sheeran Divide Is Back On Top

by Gavin Ryan on September 11, 2017

in News,Noise Pro

Ed Sheeran’s third album “÷ (Divide)” returns for a twentieth week at No.1 in Australia and also a 23rd week in New Zealand this week, potentially helped back to the top by Father’s Day music sales occurring during the past weeks sales period (Sunday 3rd of Sept.).

“÷ (Divide)” helps increases Ed’s total of weeks at No.1 on the Australian charts to 29 weeks, but he doesn’t move on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1’ at No.14, but if he claims another week he will have an equal total with both Elton John and Michael Jackson at 30 weeks apiece. One major thing that the return of ‘Divide’ has done though is move it up into the Top 10 on the list of ‘Most Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2017)’ to be equal 9th alongside “Come on Over” by Shania Twain, which racked up twenty broken weeks in 1999, whilst the albums next mark to beat is the 25 weeks achieved by John Farnham’s “Whispering Jack” in 1986/87.

Paul Kelly and his latest album “Life is Fine” continues to stay at No.2 this week, still holding his record for ‘Album (studio) with the Most Weeks in the Top 10’, whilst last weeks No.1 entry for Queens of the Stone Age and “Villains” is only down two places this week to No.3. The same three soundtracks are within the Top 10 again this week, with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sets remaining, Vol.2 on hold at No.4 and Vol.1 down a place to No.9, plus the ‘Moana’ set rise back up three places to No.7 after the past two weeks at No.10 and now its 19th week inside the Top 10.

Three weeks ago Gang of Youths debuted at No.1 with their second album “Go Farther in Lightness”, which this week is back up one spot to No.6, and thanks to his new single and a big promo tour this past week, the debut album for Vance Joy in “Dream Your Life Away” bullets back up fifty-three places to land at No.8 (in it’s 131rd week with in the Top 100), for only a third week within the Top 10, in fact the album hasn’t been within the Top 10 since it first debuted there exactly three years ago (15th Sept., 2014).

Irish pop-rock band The Script see their fifth album debut at No.5, whereas it landed first week at No.1 in the UK chart this week, and here it continues their streak of Top 10 berths, as all of their albums have managed a Top 10 position, their first self-titled set climbing to No.9, the next four have now debuted within the ten, their highest placed so far being their second album “Science & Faith” which debuted at No.3 and climbed to No.2. The other Top 10 debut is the fourth album and first new material in over seven years for LCD Soundsystem entitled “American Dream”, which enters at No.10, and by doing so it becomes their second chart entry and now first Top 10, as their third set “This is Happening” (May 2010) missed out by debuting at No.11.

* Carole King’s 1971 US No.1 album “Tapestry” rebounds again this week, up thirty-one spots to No.13.
* After a couple of weeks at No.19, the Khalid album “American Teen” is up two spots to a new peak of No.17, giving him both #17 positions on the singles and albums chart this week too.
* Ariana Grande toured Australia this past week, and her two albums charting this week are “Dangerous Woman” (49 to 21) and “My Everything” (returns at No.70).
* The Weeknd jumps back up thirteen places to No.24 with “Starboy”.
* Nickelback climb for a second week with “Feed the Machine”, up seven places to No.26.
* Vera Blue and her “Perennial” set and Drake’s “More Life” both rise eight spots to No.34 and No.36 respectively, whilst Drake’s late 2017 tour announcement will most likely help the album to rise moreso next week, with his “Views” set rising also, up nine places to No.81.
* Rising collections this week go to INXS (50 to 41), Crowded House (56 to 46), Michael Jackson (77 to 60), Cold Chisel (81 to 62), Roy Orbison (97 to 67), AC/DC’s “Live” (91 to 69), Paul Kelly (82 to 74) and Maroon 5 (99 to 94), thanks in part to Father’s Day sales possibly.
* The “Suicide Squad” soundtrack is up sixteen places to No.42.
* Post Malone breaks back into the Top 50 with his “Stoney” set, rising eight places to a new peak of No.45 (formerly it reached No.48).
* Alice Cooper sees an eight place rise to No.52 with his latest set “Paranormal”.
* Last weeks record setting biggest drop-out album (from #4) returns for a second week within the Top 100, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with “Sketches of Brunswick East” is back in at No.58.
* Halsey is up nine to No.63 with her second album “hopeless kingdom fountain”.
* The current Top 10 singles chart placing for Dua Lipa heps her self-titled set to rise seven to No.66.
* A Roger Waters tour for February 2018 was recently announced, thus his recent album “Is This the Life We Really Want?” returns at No.68 this week, and a James Blunt tour announcement also brings his last album “The Afterlove” back in at No.99.
* Royal Blood are up seventeen places to No.72 with “How Did We Get So Dark?”.
* The 2002 “Eminen Show” set rises sixteen spots to No.76.
* Further returning albums are “Thriller” for Michael Jackson at No.90 and The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at No.92.

* With only one of last weeks four Top 10 debuts remaining within the ten this week, the other three falling out are “A Deeper Understanding” (HP-5, WI10-1) for The War on Drugs suffering the least by moving down ten spots to No.15, whilst the self-titled Fifth Harmony (HP-6, WI10-1) album plummets eighty-four places to No.93, and for a third week in a row an album leaves the Top 100 from last weeks Top 10 in the Kim Churchill set “Weight_Falls” (HP-6, WI10-1).
* Kesha left the singles chart Top 10, and her album leaves the Top 20, with her “Rainbow” dimming by eight chart-beams to No.23.
* The Soundtracks falling this week come from ‘Baby Driver’ (21 to 30), ‘Sing’ (66 to 96) and ‘Frozen’ (79 to 98).
* Bruno Mars loses ten places on the chart, as “24k Magic” falls to No.33.
* This week’s new US No.1 album is “Luv is Rage 2” by Lil’ Uzi Vert, which here is down twenty-one spots to No.43.
* There’s a ten place drop to No.49 for “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man.
* The two Linkin Park albums still charting this week are “One More Light” (45 to 59) and their debut entry “Hybrid Theory” (68 to 75).
* After rebounding last week the Meg Mac set “Low Blows” is down fourteen to No.61 this week.
* Collections dropping occur for Glen Campbell (55 to 64, The Collection and 78 to 97 for 20 Golden Greats), Guns N’ Roses (36 to 73) and Fleetwood Mac (GH, 26 to 77).
* Stone Sour fall back down a massive thirty-seven places to No.78 with their “Hydrograd” set.
* Fleetwood Mac also fall with last weeks returning “Rumours” set, down twenty-one to No.83.
* Also dropping twenty-one places to No.84 is Tyler, The Creator with his “Flower Boy” set.
* The Voice 2017 winner Judah Kelly sees his debut album “Count on Me” drop thirty places to No.89.
* Little Mix fall twenty-one places to No.91 with their “Glory Days” set.
* Whilst the Carole King 46 year old album jumps this week, the tribute to her “Beautiful” drops twenty-six spots to No.95.
* The Jungle Giants returned last week at No.65 with “Quiet Ferocity”, which this week is back down thirty-five places to No.100.
* Also leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are PVRIS (#12), Gordi (#20), A$AP Mob (#24) and XXXTenacion (#29).

* #12 (LP#4) – Out of Silence by Neil Finn was recorded live on the internet about a week ago, with the physical album still yet to come, and this becomes the former Split Enz and Crowded House singers’ seventh ARIA Albums Chart entry (as a solo artist, four studios and two live sets and a collaboration with Paul Kelly), and his first new material since 2014’s “Dizzy Heights” (HP-6, Feb 2014).

* #20 (Live#2) – DCX MMXVI Live by The Dixie Chicks is the trio’s second live set, this one recorded during their 2016 world tour which also took in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

* #40 (LP#1) – In Colour by King Social are a five piece Northern Queensland formed group who mix hip-hop, soul and new age music together for their debut album, with the group having just finished the first leg of a national tour, picking up again on Sept 23rd in Longreach, Qld, before two days at the Caloundra Music Festival at the end of this month.

* #44 (LP#4) – Hearts That Strain by Jake Bugg becomes the fourth Top 50 entry for the UK artist, and whilst this is his lowest entry position so far, his highest was with his last set “On My One” (HP-16, late June 2016).

* #53 (LP#3) – Zone by Cloud Control is the third album and chart entry for the Blue Mountains, NSW based alt-rock band, who previously charted better with “Bliss Releases” (HP-20, May 2010) and “Dream Cave” (HP-9, August 2013).

* #57 (GH#14) – Under Cöver by Motörhead is an album of covers that the former UK-metal band performed during their recording career, including tracks by Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Metallica, The Rolling Stones and The Ramones amongst the eleven tracks.

* #65 (LP#9) – Evert Country’s Sun by Mogwai is the Scottish punk-bands fourth Top 100 entry in Australia, and by entering so high it becomes now their highest charted album too, as they previously charted with “Rave Tapes” (LP#8, HP-88, Jan 2014), “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” (LP#7, HP-78, Feb 2011) and “Mr Beast” (LP#5, HP-95, March 2006).

* #71 (LP#2) – Game Over by Mr Grevis is the second album and first entry for the Perth rapper.
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