Ed Sheeran is now up to week NINETEEN at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with his third album and third No.1 “÷ (Divide)”.
The set “÷ (Divide)” is now the equal tenth longest running No.1 album in Australian Chart history, as at this time twenty years ago the self-titled debut album for Savage Garden had already racked up sixteen of its total of nineteen weeks at the top (final week was 12th of October, 1997), and the first 19 week-run at No.1 was for the Creedence Clearwater Revival set “Cosmo’s Factory” (1970/1). The other thing that Ed Sheeran achieves this week is that he has racked up 28 overall weeks on the Australian Albums Chart, making him now outright 14th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965-2017′, surpassing the 27 weeks achieved by Skyhooks, with his next total to beat being Elton John and Michael Jacksons’ totals of 30 weeks.
A slew of older albums push ALL but one of last weeks debuts (there were six in total) out of the Top 10 this week, with November tourist Lorde and her second album “Melodrama” jumping back up nine spots to No.2 after spending a single week outside of the Top 10 (T10 total now 7 weeks). Racking up a fourteenth week within the Top 10 is “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar, also up nine places to land at No.3, whilst the ‘Moana’ soundtrack blasts back up twenty-two spots to No.4 and a 15th week within the ten. Three weeks ago the ‘Baby Driver’ soundtrack peaked at No.5, then last week it fell to No.10, now this week it rebounds back to its former peak of No.5.
Currently holding the No.2 single in the country for a third week are Imagine Dragons, whose third album “Evolve” jumps back up twelve places to land at No.6, and a fifth week inside the Top 10. Two more albums are on hold this week, with former No.1 “Lust for Life” by Lana Del Rey at No.7 and Linkin Park’s “One More Light” at No.9, whilst last weeks highest entry (and the new US & Canadian No.1 album this week) “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire drops eight places to No.10. The only debut within the Top 10 this week comes in at No.8, and is the debut album for the Sydney based electro/hip-hop duo Boo Seeka, made up of Ben Gumbleton and Sam Croft, who won the Triple J Unearthed competition in 2015.
* Ed Sheeran’s first two albums climb back up this week, with “x (Multiply)” leaping back up twelve spots to No.11 and his debut set “+ (Positive)” (#1 this week on 13th August, 2012) is back up six to No.25.
* Tyler, The Creator debuted in the Top 10 three weeks ago with “Flower Boy” at No.8, then fell to No.39 last week, but this week he rebounds twenty-seven spots to land at No.12.
* Two Adele albums rise back up this week, with “25” up ten to No.14 and “21” moving eight to No.60.
* Both ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtracks rise this week, with Volume 1 up fifteen to No.17 and Volume 2 rising thirteen to No.20, but expect Vol.2 to rise more next week as the DVD and BR of the second film is released on the 21st of August here.
* Calvin Harris’ “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” is up six places to No.19.
* The self-titled Harry Styles album is back up thirteen spots to No.21 as a new single was just issued.
* Landing his first Top 25 appearance and its fourth week within the Top 50, the Khalid album “American Teen” this week blasts up thirty-four spots to a new peak of No.22.
* The Chainsmokers debut set “Memories… Do Not Open” is back up ten spots to No.28.
* Shawn Mendes’ tour edition of “Illumination” was released at the end of August for his late November visit here, the set rising twelve to No.30 this week.
* Two Drake sets rise back up this week, with “More Life” rising eleven to No.39 and his “Views” up ten places to No.85.
* Cracking the Top 50 for the first time in its 13 weeks chart run is “Stoney” for Post Malone, up ten places to a new peak of No.49.
* Best of collections for acts that rise this week are by Queen (61 to 50), INXS (60 to 53), The Wiggles (62 to 58) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (84 to 80).
* The soundtrack for “Beauty and the Beast” is back up thirty-three spots to No.56.
* The new Top 20 single for Dua Lipa helps her self-titled album to rise eight places to No.74.
* The 1992 “Live” album for AC/DC is back up eleven places this week to No.81.
* The Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” set jumps back up sixteen spots to No.84.
* The only returning album this week occurs at #100, “Anti” for Rihanna.
* All five albums leaving the Top 10 this week debuted within it last week, first up is Dan Sultan with “Killer” (HP-5), down eight to No.13, followed by The Voice winner Judah Kelly and “Count on Me” (HP-3), down fifteen spots to No.18, after which the drops get worse and similar; “Paranormal” (HP-4) by Alice Cooper, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” for Passenger and the compilation “Beautiful-A Tribute to Carole King” all descend twenty-three spots each to No.27, No.29 and No.31 respectively.
* Vera Blue drops seven places to No.24 with her “Perennial” set.
* Linkin Park drops ten places with “Meteora” to No.32 and eight places to No.65 with “Minutes to Midnight”.
* Meg Mac just released the physical version of her album “Low Blows”, as the set drops nine this week to No.36.
* Halving its position from last week by dropping twenty-one places to No.42 are HAIM with “Something to Tell You”.
* After rebounding last week to No.19, the second Halsey album “hopeless kingdom fountain” this week descends thirty-five spots to No.54.
* Now that their tour here is over, the Little Mix album “Glory Days” drops twenty places to No.57.
* Dropping down thirteen places to No.59 is the latest Jay-Z album “4:44”.
* Hillsong United drops twenty-one spots to No.62 with their “Wonder” album.
* Stone Sour and their “Hydrograd” set are down sixteen places to No.68.
* After peaking at No.45 last week the Michael Ball & Alfie Boe set “Together” drops back down thirty-three places to No.78.
* Royal Blood sees their album “How Did We Get So Dark?” fall twenty-eight places to No.82.
* The Guns’ N’ Roses collection drops seventeen places to No.87, and the Roy Orbison set is down fifteen to No.93, with a sixteen places dive for “The Essential” by Michael Jackson.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are by The Murlocs (#16), O’Shea (#16, their fourth single week/first week album too), Shane Nicholson (#28), Make Them Suffer (#49) and both of the Gurrumul albums (#49 & #76).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com