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On the Charts: Can Anyone Stop Ed Sheeran?


On the Charts: Can Anyone Stop Ed Sheeran?

Settle in, as for the foreseeable future, this column right here is running repeats. The plot? Well (spoilers), it's the same every week — Ed Sheeran's latest LP, ÷, is number one on the album charts.

÷ enjoyed its third straight week at #1, while the album's lead single "Shape Of You" has hit eleven straight weeks doing the same on the singles chart.

There was a slither of hope for some shake-up this week, however, as hip-hop hitmaker, Drake, dropped his latest LP, More Life. But alas, the king of The Six is no match for Eddy, with More Life failing to repeat the chart-topping effort of 2016's Views, kept at #2 in its debut week.

Further back, Adele continues to feel the after-effects of her massive stadium tour with 25 at #3, 21 at #6 and 19 at #13, with Sheeran's own back catalogue enjoying a similar resurgence off the success of his latest — x at #5 and + rounding out the top ten.

Aside from Drake's big first week, new entries failed to shake up the Adele/Ed dominance too much, with albums from Zara Larsson, Milky Chance and Depeche Mode the only other new releases to crack the top twenty. Indie-rockers Spoon, bolstered by an earlier-than-usual Australian album tour, landed their highest ever chart placement, with ninth album Hot Thoughts debuting at #21, a massive 22 spots higher than their previous peak (2014's They Want My Soul).


Topics: Ed Sheeran   Drake   Spoon   On the Charts


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