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On the Charts: Ed Sheeran Makes Chart History


On the Charts: Ed Sheeran Makes Chart History

Ordinarily, we skip the singles section and go straight to the meat: the album chart. But this isn't an ordinary week, with Ed Sheeran becoming the first artist ever to land two simultaneous debuts at #1 and #2 — Shape of You and Castle On The Hill, respectively. Both songs are set to feature on his new album, ÷, due March 3rd.

Sheeran's dominance also stretches to the album chart, the English singer-songwriter's previous albums both benefiting from that second-hand high, with 2014's X re-enters the top 10 at #9 and 2011 debut, +, climbing up to #32 for its 163rd week on the ARIA charts.

Meanwhile, Dropkick Murphys land their highest ever chart position with new album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, debuting at #15. It's one of just a handful of new top 50 entries, however, with Keith, Adele and Mick and the other Keith continuing their summer-long lockdown, alongside a swag of school holidays-boosted movie soundtracks, with Trolls, Sing and Moana now holding the top three album spots.

Given the season, there's an expectation of a strong debut for the xx's I See You in next week's results, as well as potentially higher-than-normal positions from The McClymonts and The Flaming Lips.


Topics: Ed Sheeran   On the Charts


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