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On The Charts: Sheeran Returns To The Top


On The Charts: Sheeran Returns To The Top

Can't keep the king down, it would seem. And while Ed Sheeran was toppled from his months-long perch atop both the album and singles charts last week, Divide has clawed itself back to number one.

However, his de-throwner on the singles chart, DJ Khaled and his cast of thousands, held strong for a second week at the top, ahead of this week's big mover, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, which jumped up eight spots to #2. Yes, fine-line reader, that means we're living in a world right now where both of the top two songs on the singles chart feature a cameo appearance from Justin Bieber.

Back on the album side of things, this marked the first week of streaming data being used in calculating ARIA album chart results. Too early to see any glaring anomalies from this shift, but there has been a rare moment of stability amongst the top five with last week's giant-slayer's Bliss n Eso dropping only as far as #4, Kendrick Lamar rising to #3 and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack jumping back up to #2. Further back, there was just one top ten ten debut amongst the traditional run of Mother's Day purchases (more Sheeran, plus Adele, Mark Vincent and Tina Arena) with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new Lovely Creatures compilation starting at #8.

The next new entry is back at #15 — At The Drive In's highest ever chart position, with comeback LP, in • ter a • li • a — narrowly landing ahead of a flood debuts circling the top twenty — San Cisco's The Water (#17), Chris Stapelton's From A Room: Volume 1 (#20), Kasabian's For Crying Out Loud (#21), Asgeir's Afterglow (#22) and Mac DeMarco's This Old Dog (#23).

This week, Styles vs Sheeran, the inevitable showdown. With the slight chance Midnight Oil's collectors boxset will play a disrupting role.


Topics: Ed Sheeran   DJ Khaled   Justin Bieber   San Cisco   At The Drive In   Mac DeMarco   Kasabian   Ásgeir   On the Charts


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