Ed Sheeran scored another impressive chart double Down Under this week as “Shape of You” leads the ARIA Singles Chart for a record-breaking fifteenth week and Divide tops ARIA’s Albums Chart for the eighth week. “Shape” already beat Coolio’s ARIA record of 22 years, when it bested the 13-week rule set by “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
New solo music from Harry Styles bumped his buddy Sheeran down a spot from atop his ARIA winning streak, when Styles’ David Bowie-esque song “Sign of the Times” debuted on the Aussie chart at No. 1. Sheeran swiftly resumed the singles lead again, while “Sign” currently holds No. 6 in its third week. Sheeran’s wildly popular Irish-themed track "Galway Girl" moved up a notch to No. 2, with Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” Comes in at No. 3.
Meanwhile, Clean Bandit Feat. Zara Larsson’s “Symphony” jumped up two positions to No. 4 in Australia while notably ousting “Shape” from No. 1 on the UK Official Singles Chart. The sweep effectively denied Sheeran a 15th week atop his native chart.
Overall, a huge wave of new music in the past few weeks has caused Ed Sheeran’s first-quarter 2017 global chart dominance to take a slight tumble here and there. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has been a great sport about his shifting chart slots. As previously reported, he even told BBC Radio 1 he was happy for Harry Styles’ chart-topping success.
Divide, however, maintains its strong foothold on the ARIA Albums Chart. Though Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. ousted Sheeran from his Billboard 200 reign, Lamar currently holds the No. 5 Aussie Albums Chart position, having fallen from its peak at No. 2. Meanwhile, Amy Shark’s new EP Night Thinker snagged a No. 2 debut slot behind Sheeran.
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