Sheeran's ÷ returns to #1
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Sheeran's ÷ returns to #1

December 16, 2017

Moves for John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John, Elton John, Paul McCartney and more!

Returning to #1 for the first time in 14 weeks, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ takes out a 21st week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart. Debuting at #1 in mid-March, it last sat at the top of the chart in mid-September. Previous albums X and + are back up to #22 and #33, respectively.

In its fourth week back in the top ten this festive season, John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s former #1 Friends For Christmas moves up two spots to re-enter the top five at #4.

Elton John’s career-spanning collection Diamonds jumps up a further six spots to a new peak of #13 in its third week in the top 50.

With his first Australian tour since 1993 complete, leaving awestruck fans in his wake, Paul McCartney returns to the top 50 at #35 with the solo and Wings retrospective Pure McCartney.

There’s also moves up this week’s chart by Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All (up two to #7), Roy Orbison’s A Love So Beautiful (up one to #17), Triple J’s Like A Version 13 (up eight to #27) and Guy Sebastian’s Conscious (up six to #28), amongst others.

Debuts:

#6: Luke Bryan ‘What Makes You Country’ – American country star Luke Bryan hits the Albums Chart for the first time since 2015 with What Makes You Country. Bryan’s sixth studio album is his fourth release to hit the ARIA top 50, following on from the albums Kill The Lights (#4 Aug. ’15) and Crash My Party (#19 Aug. ’13), as well as the EP Spring Break...Checkin' Out (#16 Mar. ’15).

#45: Barbra Streisand ‘The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!’ – Barbra Streisand returns to the top 50 with the live album The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! Recorded in Miami in December 2016, the album includes some of Streisand’s biggest tracks as well as reflections on her music and film careers and on the making of the former #1 Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (#1 Sept. ’16).