If not for a certain ginger-haired Brit, Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark would be celebrating her first ever album chart #1, what would've been the logical next step in her fairytale breakout year, so far. But, alas, dream-blocker — and hard-drinking — troubadour, Ed Sheeran, held on to the top spot, again, with Divide scoring its eighth consecutive week at #1. Begging the question: can anyone stop Sheeran's chart dominance? (paging a particular former-One Direction-er).
And while we wait for the Styles vs. Sheeran chart battle later this month, there remains plenty of action in the undercard weeks — mostly, however, away from the chart's top.
Alongside Shark's debut EP, Night Thinking, at #2, rapper Allday's second full-length, Speeding, started off at #6, while fellow-Adelaidians, Bad//Dreems, came in at #23 with their latest, Gutful, a whole ten spots better than previous peak for debut, Dogs At Bay.
Elsewhere, it was the tale of both sides of the age-old Heidi Klum ARIA chart trend — to paraquote: "in music, one week you're in, and the next you're out" — with Spit Syndicate slipping from #19 to off-the-chart entirely this week, while John Mayer dropped back from #3 to #29, a mere pit-stop for this predictable fifty-plus placement next week. Bucking this trend: Lamar and Vincent. The Compton rapper and Sydney tenor both held firm from their top five debuts last week — Kendrick leaping Mark to land back at #5, with the former Australia's Got Talent winner moving just one spot back to #3.
Next week, we watch and wait to see if Gorillaz' highly anticipated new album, Humanz, will overthrow Sheeran's reign, with a big debut week also expected from hip-hop group, Bliss N Eso, who released their sixth LP, Off The Grid, last week.
Watch Amy Shark perform 'Weekends' live at the Rolling Stone Australia office:
Top Photo: Amy Shark, via Facebook.