News 25 March 2017

Sheeran's ÷ notches third week at #1

Debuts for Drake, Zara Larsson, Milky Chance and more.

Sheeran's ÷ notches third week at #1

Debuts for Drake, Zara Larsson, Milky Chance and more.

It’s week three at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for Ed Sheeran’s third album, ÷. Sheeran continues to hold three spots in the top ten this week, with X and + sitting at #5 and #10, respectively.

The week’s highest re-entry comes at #15 from Hillsong Worship’s Let There Be Light. Spending its ninth week in the top 50, the album was last in the chart at the end of January. It previously peaked at #2. Hillsong Young & Free’s Youth Revival Acoustic has also re-entered the chart at #43.

With their national tour underway, Client Liaison’s Diplomatic Immunity has returned to the chart at #47.


#2: Drake ‘More Life’ – Canadian rapper Drake scores his fourth appearance in the top three of the ARIA Albums Chart with More Life. The release, which is being described as a playlist, is the follow-up to last year’s album Views (#1 May ’16). More Life features ‘Fake Love’ (#16 Dec. ’16) and the new single ‘Passionfruit’ (new at #16 this week). Collaborators on More Life include Kanye West, Sampha, 2 Chainz, Young Thug and more.

#7: Zara Larsson ‘So Good’ – The second album from Zara Larsson gives the Swedish artist her first appearance in the ARIA top 50. So Good includes the MNEK collaboration ‘Never Forget You’ (#3 Nov. ’15), as well as further singles ‘Lush Life’ (#4 Jan. ’16), ‘Ain’t My Fault’ (#17 Oct. ’16) and ‘I Would Like’ (#16 Jan. ’17). A collaboration with British trio Clean Bandit, ‘Symphony’, has debuted at #42 on this week’s Singles Chart.

#8: Milky Chance ‘Blossom’ – German act Milky Chance scores their second top ten entry with Blossom. The follow-up to Sadnecessary (#8 Jun. ’14) is the band’s second album and includes the single ‘Cocoon’ (#10 Feb. ’17).

#14: Depeche Mode ‘Spirit’ – Electronic music veterans Depeche Mode return with their fourteenth studio album, Spirit. The album comes four years on from Delta Machine (#16 Apr. ’13) and is the trio’s eighth studio album to chart in the top 50.

#21: Spoon ‘Hot Thoughts’ – Texas indie band Spoon score their highest peak on the ARIA Albums Chart with Hot Thoughts. The group’s ninth studio album is their third to chart locally, following on from Transference (#47 Jan. ’10) and They Want My Soul (#43 Aug. ’14).

#29: Vera Lynn ‘Vera Lynn 100’ – Released to mark her 100th birthday on 20 March, the new release from Dame Vera Lynn features her original vocals set to new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs. Dame Lynn last charted with We'll Meet Again (The Very Best Of Vera Lynn) (#21 Oct. ’09).

#32: Gary Clark Jr. ‘Live North America 2016’ – American guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. picks up his third top 50 entry. Live North America 2016 is Clark’s second live album and was recorded during the tour in support of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (#18 Sept. ’15).

#33: Elevation Worship ‘There Is A Cloud’ – A live album from American contemporary worship group Elevation Worship. It’s their second album to chart, following Here As In Heaven (#27 Feb. ’16).

#35: 2Cellos ‘Score’ – With their fourth album Score, Croatian duo 2Cellos make their second top 50 appearance. The follow-up to Celloverse (#24 Jan. ’15) includes tracks made famous in film and TV productions including Game Of Thrones, Rain Man, Titanic, Gladiator and more.

#48: Chuck Berry ‘Chuck Berry: The Definitive Collection’ – This album makes its debut following the passing of Chuck Berry, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding fathers, at the age of 90. It’s the first Chuck Berry album to ever chart in the ARIA top 50 and includes some of Berry’s best-loved tracks including ‘Maybellene’, ‘You Can’t Catch Me’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘School Days’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.