Despite being toppled from the top spot on the singles chart last week, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" returned to the helm for it's fourteenth week at #1 — finally beating the previous record for longest-running chart-topper, "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio, which has held the honour since 1995.
It was a similar story (again) on the album chart with Sheeran's Divide holding strong at #1 for it's seventh straight week, despite a big first week from Kendrick Lamar, with his new album, Damn., debuting at #2, one spot short of the peak of 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly. Damn. album tracks also spread across the singles chart — lead, "Humble", rising to #2, "DNA" debuting at #16 and "Loyalty" and "Love" landed at #20 and #29 respectively.
Other notable album debuts this week were from Sydney tenor Mark Vincent who starts at #3, one spot ahead of John Mayer's new LP The Search for Everything. Further back, Sydney hip-hop duo Spit Syndicate cracked the top twenty for the second time with their fourth full-length One Good Shirt Had Us All Fly debuting at #19, while Rhiannon Giddens — riding high off the back of her recent appearance at Bluesfest — made her first ever appearance on the album chart with her second LP, Freedom Highway, coming in at #49.
Watch Rhiannon Giddens perform live at the Rolling Stone Australia office: