Ed Sheeran holds onto the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second week with his third album and third No.1 here “÷ (Divide)”.
Ed now moves from equal 62nd to equal 54th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1965 to 2017, alongside the eleven overall weeks, racked up by The Foo Fighters (6 #1’s), Australian Crawl, Eurythmics, Joe Cocker, Men at Work and Alanis Morissette (2 #1’s each), Icehouse, Jethro Tull and Don McLean (1 #1 album each). Plus he is now equal fifth for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Albums’ alongside the eleven weeks by Eminem (from two No.1’s during this decade), his next rung is he has to tie or beat the 13 weeks racked up by Taylor Swift so far this decade.
Ed is also tracking all three of his albums within the Top 10 this week, with his second set “x (Multiply)” at No.3 again this week, and his first set “+ (Positive)” dropping back down four spots to No.8. Whilst Ed Sheeran is not the only act with three albums within the Top 10 this week, as current tourist Adele achieves this feat for the first time, with “25” stable at No.2, her second album “21” is up one spot to No.4, and back up three spots to No.9 is her first album “19”, which racks up an eighteen weeks within the Top 10, and its first re-appearance inside the ten since October of 2011. This is the first time that two acts have had three albums within the Top 10 at the same time too.
Other than Ed and Adele’s multiple Top 10 entries, there are again two soundtracks within the Top 10 at the moment, with the only other multiple-week No.1 in the “Trolls” (3 wks at #1) back up a place to No.5, whilst we lose one soundtrack out of the ten, another becomes the highest new entry of the week, coming in at No.6 is the soundtrack to the live-action remake of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, with the original 1992 animated soundtrack making it to No.18 in late July of 1992. So other than Ed, Adele and the soundtracks, there are two separate albums still to mention, with former No.1 “Ironbark” by The Waifs stable at No.7 this week, and recent tourist to our shores Justin Bieber sees his current album “Purpose” jump back up eight places to No.10, giving the albums its 22nd week inside the ten, and its first such appearance since April 2016.
* The EP for Tash Sultana entitled “Notion” is back up nine spots to No.14.
* After their recent tour here (which finished three weeks ago), the Guns N’ Roses set “Appetite for Destruction” blasts back up thirty-seven spots to No.22 this week.
* A new expanded edition of the Jessica Mauboy album “The Secret Daughter” was released last week, which helps the set to rise back up eight spots to No.25.
* Another former tourist who resurges this week are Coldplay (visited in Dec 2016), with “A Head Full of Dreams” blasting back up forty spots to No.26.
* A third former-visitor in Bruce Springsteen sees his 1984 first No.1 album “Born in the USA” return to the Top 100 at No.31 this week.
* Taylor Swift’s “1989” is back up fourteen places to No.42.
* With the new Sia featured track debuting at No.19 this week, her set “This is Acting” is is back up seven places to No.43.
* The fortieth anniversary edition of the 1977 album “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac returns to the chart at No.48 this week.
* After plummeting from 22 to #100 last week, the Christie Lamb album “Loaded” rebounds forty-six spots to No.54 this week.
* The last Drake album “Views” returns to the chart at No.59, whilst he dropped a surprise album in “More Life” this past weekend.
* Daniel O’Donnell is up six places to another new peak of No.66 with “Back Home Again”.
* Elton John is touring the country at the moment too, and his collection “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” is up nineteen places to No.69.
* Further returning albums are by A.B.Original (#76), The Weeknd (#78), Dr. Dre’s “2001” (#82), Rufus (#84), Melody Pool (#88), Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (#89), Creedence’s Collection (#91), new tourist here Don Henley is back in at No.93 with his last album “Cass County” (HP-23, Oct 2015) and the classic “Hotel California” for his former band The Eagles (#97), Bruno Mars’ ‘Jukebox’ (#96), Neil Diamond’s ‘Greatest’ (#98) and “A/B” by Kaleo (#99).
* After ten weeks inside the Top 10 the ‘Moana” (HP-3×3, WI10-10) soundtrack is down two places to No.11, whilst the two other albums leaving this week both debuted there last week, “After Hours, Close to Dawn” (HP-10, WI10-1) by Kingswood drops eleven spots to No.21 and “When We Fall” (HP-8, WI10-1) by All Our Exes Live in Texas plummets twenty-eight places to No.36.
* Both of the soundtracks for two major titles fall a little bit this week, with “Fifty Shades Darker” down four to No.15 and the “La La Land” set falls five places to No.24.
* Kasey Chambers’ “Dragonfly” dives fifteen spots to No.37.
* Whilst the King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard set “Flying Microtonal Banana” slips eighteen places to No39.
* Busby Marou’s recent No.1 set “Postcards from the Shell House” drops fourteen to No.41.
* Methyl Ethel debuted at No.16 last week with “Everything is Forgotten”, which this week drops thirty-three spots to No.49.
* Down twenty places to No.55 are Horrorshow with “Bardo State”.
* Former UK No.1 album “Gangs Signs & Prayer” (HP-11) by Stormzy falls thirty-nine spots to No.63 this week.
* After returning to the Top 50 last week, the Train set “A Girl. A Bottle, A Boat” is back down twenty-three places to land at No.65.
* Holy Holy fall twenty-five spots to No.68 with their recent Top 10 album “Paint”.
* Ryan Adams’ highest charting album here (so far) in “Prisoner” (HP-3) loses its appeal and falls thirty chart rungs to No.70.
* James Arthur is down twenty places to No.75 with “Back from the Edge”.
* The McClymonts equal their second best Top 50 run by spending eight weeks within the fifty (same as “Here’s to You & I” in 2014), as this week their “Endless” drops thirty-one to No.80.
* A second big drop for Little Big Town who are down twenty-seven places to No.94 with “The Breaker”.
* Leaving the chart from last week’s Top 50 are the self-titled QSP set (#39) and the Darlene Zschech Live album “Here I Am Send Me” (#41).
* #16 (LP#5), Heartworms by The Shins is the band’s first new album in just under five years (their last set debuted 26th March 2012) and becomes the New Mexico indie acts third albums chart entry, and first not to debut and peak within the Top 10, as they’ve previously charted with “Wincing the Night Away” (LP#3, HP-5, 29th Jan 2007) and “Port of Morrow” (LP#4, HP-4, 26th March 2012).
* #19 (LP#6) Semper Femina by Laura Marling was the highest new entry in the UK Albums chart this week (#5) and here it becomes her sixth entry, her highest placed album so far being her second album “I Speak Because I Can” (HP-7, 29th March 2010).
* #44 (LP#13) Fierce Mercy by Colin Hay is the former Men at Works’ second solo chart entry in Australia, as thirty years (and two weeks) ago he took his debut solo effort “Looking for Jack” (HP-58, 9th March 1987) into the charts, and now his thirteenth album enters, due to his recent segments on Julia Zemiro’s ‘Home Delivery’ and a Channel 7 Sunday night report.
* #64 (Stk) The Music of Nashville, Season 5, Volume 1 – TV Soundtrack is a compile of the most recent episodes of the US musical/drama, which saw one of its main characters pass away (that’s all I’m going to say about that for now), and this is the first of the seventeen albums from the show so far to chart.
* #74 (Mix3) Number 1 Angel by Charli XCX is not only an album of her material, but a mixtape she put together featuring tracks not on her upcoming studio album, and guest appearances by MØ, Raye, Cupcake and Abra amongst its ten tracks.
* #86 (LP#5) Breathe by C3 Music is the Church groups latest release and is the second to chart.
* #92 (EP#6) Flight Log: Arrival by Got7 is the Korean boy bands first chart entry in Australia, the act having so far scored five No.1’s in their country (3 EP’s and two studio albums).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com