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This Week In Pop – 19 June, 2017

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This week Katy Perry, London Grammar, Hillsong United and Rise Against all debut in the top five with new albums and Justin Bieber lands at #2 on the Singles Chart as a feature artist on yet another track.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Ed Sheeran ‘÷’ – It’s week 13 at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for Ed Sheeran’s third album '÷'.
#2: Katy Perry ‘Witness’ (debut) – The fourth Katy Perry album gives the American pop star her third top ten appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart. Following on from 'Prism' (#1 November ’13), 'Witness' includes the singles ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ (#4 February ’17), ‘Bon Appétit’ (#35 May ’17) and ‘Swish Swish’ (#37 May ’17).
#3: London Grammar ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ (debut) – British trio London Grammar score their second top three on the ARIA Albums Chart with Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. The group’s second studio album comes almost four years on from their debut If You Wait (#2 Sept. ’13).
#4: Hillsong United ‘Wonder’ (debut) – Contemporary worship band Hillsong United return with fifth studio album 'Wonder'. The album is the follow-up to 'Empires' (#1 June ’15) and gives the group their eighth top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. In between studio albums, Hillsong United released the live album 'Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land' (#8 July ’16).
#5: Rise Against ‘Wolves’ (debut) – Chicago hardcore band Rise Against grab their fourth top ten on the ARIA Charts with 'Wolves'. It’s their eighth studio album, following on from 'The Black Market' (#3 July ’14). Rise Against have also hit the top ten with 'Endgame' (#2 March ’11) and 'Appeal To Reason' (#7 October ’08).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Feat. Justin Bieber ‘Despacito’ – It’s week five at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Justin Bieber-featured track ‘Despacito’. It’s currently also spending its fifth week at #1 in the US and UK.
#2: David Guetta Feat. Justin Bieber ‘2U’ (debut) – With his second single release of 2017, French house DJ/producer David Guetta picks up his tenth top five as a lead artist on the ARIA Singles Chart. The follow-up single to ‘Light My Body Up’ (#29 April ’17), ‘2U’ features vocals by Justin Bieber. Guetta’s first single to hit the top five was ‘Sexy Bitch’ (#1 August ’09).
#3: Liam Payne Feat. Quavo ‘Strip That Down’ – In its fourth week in the chart, ‘Strip That Down’ has climbed up a further two spots to snare a new peak at #3.

Top 10 Albums

1. '÷' – Ed Sheeran
2. 'Witness' – Katy Perry
3. 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' – London Grammar
4. 'Wonder' – Hillsong United
5. 'Wolves' – Rise Against
6. 'Heart Break' – Lady Antebellum
7. 'X' – Ed Sheeran
8. 'Harry Styles' – Harry Styles
9. 'Damn.' – Kendrick Lamar
10. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2' Soundtrack

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Despacito' – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
2. '2U' – David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber
3. 'Strip That Down' – Liam Payne
4. 'I'm The One' – DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
5. 'Slow Hands' – Niall Horan
6. 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back' – Shawn Mendes
7. 'Malibu' – Miley Cyrus
8. 'Shape Of You' – Ed Sheeran
9. 'Galway Girl' – Ed Sheeran
10. 'Humble.' – Kendrick Lamar
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