Edition #463 of ARIA Chart Watch is here – and with Ed Sheeran in the country, there’s plenty of movement on his singles and albums.
But, naturally, it’s not ALL about Ed. There’s more to explore in our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s.
It’s now six weeks on top for Drake’s smash ‘God’s Plan’. In fact it’s not only Drake holding position this week… the entire top five remains entirely unmoved, with the only change being a new platinum certification for Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen’s ‘These Days’ (No.4). It’s now sold through in excess of 70,000 units in Australia to achieve the feat.
Those new Ed Sheeran certifications we told you about a week ago? They’ve now been officially updated with ARIA; Ed’s previous No.1 smash ‘Perfect’ the first with a new certification this week – seven times platinum (490,000 units) – as Ed’s ‘Divide’ tour takes over Australia.
Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris continue their ascension with ‘The Middle’, which is now into the top ten after gaining a further four places in its sixth week of Aussie chart action.
Marshmello and Anne Marie’s ‘Friends’ also rises into the top ten this week. It’s also up four (No.13 to No.9).
The third new certification of the week belongs to Bazzi, whose top 10 smash ‘Mine’ achieves a new gold one (35,000 units), despite slipping two places from last week’s No.11 peak.
There’s still plenty of love for ‘The Greatest Showman’ and also for Keala Settle’s rendition of ‘This Is Me’ in the wake of her performance of the track at the Academy Awards. The track is steady at No.15 locally, but it does blast through the platinum barrier, having sold in excess of 70,000 units.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B also go platinum this week with ‘Finesse’ (No.18) and although it’s slipped four places from last week’s No.16 peak, Vance Joy’s ‘We’re Going Home’ enjoys its first accreditation – a gold one.
More Ed Sheeran action, with his former No.1 hit ‘Shape Of You’ bulleting nine places to No.25.
The week’s highest new entry is courtesy of rapper XXXTentacion, who debuts at No.33 with ‘Sad!’. It’s just ahead of another bullet for Calum Scott’s ‘You Are The Reason’, which refuses to go quietly. It’s bounced up another 24 places to No.40 this week, but is still a long way shy of its No.27 peak.
Maroon 5’s ‘What Lovers Do’ drops out of the top 50 this week after losing 11 places from No.40.
The comeback of 5 Second Of Summer has also seemingly stalled; the boys’ comeback single ‘Want You Back’ tumbling 20 places from last week’s No.32 debut.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle On The Hill’ is up 21 to No.54 and there are debuts in positions 60 and 61 for Meghan Trainor’s ‘No Excuses’ and Logic & Marshmello’s ‘Everyday’ respectively.
More love for Ed, with ‘Galway Girl’ ascending 18 (No.80 to No.62), along with a No.66 debut for Offest & Metro Boomin’s ‘Ric Flair Drip’.
Keith Urban’s ‘Parallel Line’ also improves this week… it’s up 22 places to No.67, but still has plenty of work to do if it wants to repeat its previous success of a No.47 peak.
The Chainsmokers’ ‘Sick Boy’ slumps 17 to No.72, Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me’ tumbles 23 to No.73 and Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ is back into the countdown (with five platinum certifications under its belt) at No.77.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ jumps from No.98 to No.78, his platinum certified ‘Happier’ is back into the top 100 (No.82), and this week ‘Feels Great’ for Cheat Codes, whose single achieves a platinum certification, albeit while falling from No.70 to No.83.
XXXTentacion scores another top 100 debut with ‘Changes’ at No.87, Delta’s at No.90, Charlie Puth’s ‘How Long’ slumps 20 (No.74 to No.94) and Flight Facilities are into the countdown at No.96 on debut with ‘Need You’.
Ed Sheeran re-enters with both ‘Photograph’ and ‘Dive’ in positions 97 and 98 and triple platinum and platinum respectively.
Joyner Lucas & Chris Brown scrape in by the skin of their teeth, with a No.100 debut for ‘Stranger Things’.
Kylie’s ‘Dancing’ is out of the top 100 and though James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ and Khalid’s ‘Location’ also lose their grips on top 100 berths, they part with new certifications to their names; James’s track now eight times platinum (560,000 units) and Khalid’s triple platinum (210,000 units).
You know you’re going to be up against it with the world’s biggest recording artist touring the country.
And so, after one week, Vance Joy has disappeared from the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart replaced by (you guessed it), Mister Ed Sheeran.
Not only does Ed retake the No.1 position on the ARIA albums chart with his latest long player ‘÷’, he does so in the grandest of styles, achieving a glittering diamond certification for the LP, meaning it’s sold more than half a million copies in Australia. So… popular then.
The soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ is at three, Vance Joy’s down two to No.3 and the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack maintains its heading at No.4.
Then, as if by magic, it’s Ed again, with his (also diamond certified) previous album ‘x’ occupying the No.5 spot.
We’ve got a No.6 debut for the Camp Cope album ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’, ahead of Post Malone and, yes, ed Sheeran again. ‘+’ rises from No.12 to No.8 as Ed’s tour snakes its way across the country.
Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ is up (No.24 to No.10), as is the ‘Moana’ soundtrack (No.16 to No.11).
South Korean performer j-hope scores the top 20 love down under with his mixtape ‘Hope World’, which premieres at No.13.
The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.1’ soundtrack is up ten (No.26 to No.16), while Dua Lipa’s ‘Dua Lipa’ is up 11 (No.30 to No.19).
Sarah Blasko’s new album ‘Depth Of Field’, however, stumbles after premiering at No.5 last week. It’s down 24 places to No.29 in week two.
The ‘Suicide Squad’ album improves 13 to be back inside the ARIA top 50 this week (No.54 to No.41). Three places lower, the Breeders debut at No.44 with ‘All Nerve’.
But it’s not great news for 6ix9ine and his album ‘Day69’, which plunges 36 places from last week’s No.11 debut.
Roy Orbison’s ‘A Love So Beautiful’ is back into the top 100 (No.53 on re-entry). It’s followed closely behind by a No.56 debut for Superorganism’s self-titled set.
Bruno Mars’ ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ soars (No.96 to No.62), followed by debuts at Nos.64, 68 and 70 for Andrew Swift’s ‘Call Out For The Cavalry’, The Wiggles’ ‘Nursery Rhymes 2’ and Celtic Thunder’s ‘Celtic Thunder X’ respectively.
Joy’s ‘Six’ EP enters at No.85, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is down 23 to No.88 and there are massive drops for new albums for both Ball Park Music and Marlon Williams.
The former’s ‘Good Mood’ was short lived, plunging 57 places to No.95. The latter’s ‘Make Way For Love’ slumps 47 places to No.96.
Plunging even further, however, is ‘Bootikins’, the new album from Augie March, which loses more than 80 positions after debuting last week at No.20.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.