This Week In Pop – 18 April, 2017

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This week, One Direction singer Harry Styles debuts as a solo artist at #1 with 'Sign Of The Times', the lead single from his upcoming self-titled album. This ends Ed Sheeran's 13-week reign at the top spot of the Singles Chart.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Ed Sheeran ‘÷’ – He may have dropped from #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart but Ed Sheeran maintains the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart for a sixth consecutive week with '÷'.
#2: Tina Arena ‘Tina Arena (Greatest Hits & Interpretations)’ (debut) – A double disc retrospective from 2015 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee Tina Arena. The first disc features highlights from Arena’s career, from Singles Chart debut ‘I Need Your Body’ (#3 June ’90), through to most recent album 'Eleven' (#2 November ’15). The second disc features interpretations of songs from Arena’s back catalogue by the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Katie Noonan, Kate-Miller Heidke and Dannii Minogue.
#3: The Smith Street Band ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ (debut) – With their fourth studio album, Melbourne group The Smith Street Band pick up their first top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me' is the follow-up to the band’s first top 50 album 'Throw Me In The River' (#18 November ’14).
#4: The Chainsmokers ‘Memories...Do Not Open’ (debut) – American EDM act The Chainsmokers make their ARIA Albums Chart debut with 'Memories...Do Not Open'. The duo’s debut album includes the singles ‘Paris’ (#4 January ’17), the Coldplay collaboration ‘Something Just Like This’ (#2 March ’17) and ‘The One’ (#36 April ’17).
#10: Pentatonix ‘PTX, Vol. 4’ (debut) – A new EP from Pentatonix gives the American a cappella group their second top ten entry on the ARIA Albums Chart. The seven-track release features the quintet’s takes on tracks by Queen, John Lennon and A-ha, as well as a cover of ‘Jolene’ featuring Dolly Parton. Their self-titled fourth album remains their highest peak (#5 October ’15).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Harry Styles ‘Sign Of The Times’ (debut) – The debut solo single from Harry Styles gives the One Direction member his second career #1 on the ARIA Charts. ‘Sign Of The Times’ is Styles’ first chart appearance since One Direction’s ‘History’ (#25 February '16). His first #1 single was with the One Direction hit ‘Drag Me Down’ (#1 August ’15). Styles becomes the second One Direction member to have a solo #1, following Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’ (#1 February ’16).
#9: Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson ‘Symphony’ – In its fourth week in the top 50, Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ moves up five spots to hit the top ten for the first time. The track becomes the British trio’s third top ten single.

Top 10 Albums

1. '÷' – Ed Sheeran
2. 'Tina Arena (Greatest Hits & Interpretations)' – Tina Arena
3. 'More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me' – The Smith Street Band
4. 'Memories...Do Not Open' – The Chainsmokers
5. '25' – Adele
6. 'Moana' Soundtrack
7. 'Beauty And The Beast' Soundtrack
8. 'Trolls' Soundtrack
9. 'X' – Ed Sheeran
10. 'PTX, Vol. 4' – Pentatonix

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Sign Of The Times' – Harry Styles
2. 'Shape Of You' – Ed Sheeran
3. 'Something Just Like This' – The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay
4. 'Galway Girl' – Ed Sheeran
5. 'Stay' – Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
6. 'Green Light' – Lorde
7. 'Humble.' – Kendrick Lamar
8. 'That's What I Like' – Bruno Mars
9. 'Symphony' – Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson
10. 'It Ain't Me' – Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
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