This Week In Pop – 3 April, 2017

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We're breaking down the top ten albums and singles at the beginning of each week, brought to you by ARIA.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Ed Sheeran ‘÷’ – For the fourth week in succession, Ed Sheeran tops the ARIA Albums Chart with '÷'. Both of Sheeran’s other studio albums, 'X' and '+', have slipped out of the top ten this week.
#2: Lee Kernaghan ‘The 25th Anniversary Album’ (debut) – Australian country star Lee Kernaghan celebrates a quarter of a century since the release of his debut album 'The Outback Club' (#58 May ’94) with 'The 25th Anniversary Album'. Kernaghan’s thirteenth studio album features collaborations with James Blundell, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, The McClymonts, Kasey Chambers and more.
#3: Northlane ‘Mesmer’ (debut)
Sydney metalcore band Northlane return with fourth studio album Mesmer. The album was released on 24 March with no prior warning. It’s the follow-up to 'Node' (#1 Aug. ’15).
#7: James Blunt ‘The Afterlove’ (debut)
Singer-songwriter James Blunt releases his fifth studio album, 'The Afterlove'. It comes four years on from his previous album, Moon Landing (#2 Oct. ’13).
#10: Steel Panther ‘Lower The Bar’ (debut)
The fourth studio album from Steel Panther gives the American glam rockers their second appearance in the ARIA top ten. 'Lower The Bar' is the follow-up to 'All You Can Eat' (#2 Apr. ’14).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Ed Sheeran ‘Shape Of You’ – ‘Shape Of You’ by Ed Sheeran maintains its spot at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for a twelfth consecutive week. The last single to hold #1 for 12 straight weeks was Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ in 2002/03. Sheeran has eight tracks in total in this week’s top 50.
#3: Zedd Feat. Alessia Cara ‘Stay’ – Moving up one spot from last week, ‘Stay’ gives Zedd his first appearance in the top three on the ARIA Singles Chart.
#4: Drake ‘Passionfruit’ – In its second week in the top 50, Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ jumps up 12 spots. It becomes the Canadian rapper’s sixth top ten single, the first since ‘Too Good’ (#3 Jun. ’16).

Top 10 Albums

1. '÷' – Ed Sheeran
2. 'The 25th Anniversary Album' – Lee Kernaghan
3. 'Mesmer' – Northlane
4. 'Beauty and the Beast' Soundtrack
5. '25' – Adele
6. 'Trolls' Soundtrack
7. 'The Afterlove' – James Blunt
8. 'Moana' Soundtrack
9. 'More Life' – Drake
10. 'Lower The Bar' – Steel Panther


Top 10 Singles

1. 'Shape Of You' – Ed Sheeran
2. 'Something Just Like This' – The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay
3. 'Stay' – Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
4. 'Passionfruit' – Drake
5. 'That's What I Like' – Bruno Mars
6. 'Castle On The Hill' – Ed Sheeran
7. 'Green Light' – Lorde
8. 'It Ain't Me' – Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
9. 'Galway Girl' – Ed Sheeran
10. 'Issues' – Julia Michaels

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