Ed Sheeran Is on Track to Beat Australia’s Longest-Running Chart Record



Sheeran’s Shape of You has now clocked up 10 weeks on top, matching the longest stretch at number one on the ARIA singles chart (Australian music sales charts) since LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem in 2011. ABBA scored 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1976 with Fernando.


However Sheeran has already had streaming records he set this month broken by another king of streaming — Drake. His new playlist album More Life had 61,302,082 streams on its first full day, March 19 beating Ed Sheeran’s Divide with 56,727,861 streams on March 3, 2017. Drake also beat Sheeran’s records for the most streams of one artist in a day, 76,355,041 streams to Sheeran’s 68,695,172 streams on March 3.


However while Drake’s iTunes downloads will count for the ARIA album chart, it does not include streaming figures as yet and More Life has yet to be released physically. That means Sheeran may still have the edge to score a third week at No. 1 on the ARIA chart, although More Life is at No. 1 on iTunes, ahead of Divide at No.2.


Sheeran’s Shape of You sold 27,915 copies (a mix of downloads and streams), well ahead of his own Castle on the Hill (released at the same time as Shape of You) on 17,888 sales and the Chainsmokers/Coldplay collaboration Something Just Like This at No. 3 on 17,672 sales.


You can check Australia’s Longest Running Number One Hits Of All Time below:


14 weeks

ABBA — Fernando (1976)


13 weeks

The Beatles — Hey Jude (1968)

Coolio — Gangsta’s Paradise (1995/96)


12 weeks

Dinah Shore — Buttons and Bows (1949)

Eminem — Lose Yourself (2002/03)

Pharrell Williams — Happy (2014)


11 weeks

Wings — Mull of Kintyre (1977/78)

Bryan Adams — (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (1991)


10 weeks

The Platters — Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1959)

Daddy Cool — Eagle Rock (1971)

ABBA — Mamma Mia (1975)

Whitney Houston — I Will Always Love You (1992/93)

Sandi Thom — I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) (2006)

LMFAO — Party Rock Anthem (2011)

Ed Sheeran — Shape of You (2017)

ABBA being interviewed by Daryl Somers in 1976, Frida doesn’t seem that thrilled. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Limited


9 weeks

Nat King Cole — Too Young (1951)

Johnnie Ray — Just Walkin’ in the Rain (1956/57)

Engelbert Humperdinck — The Last Waltz (1967)

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta — You’re the One That I Want (1978)

USA for Africa — We Are the World (1985)

Los del Río — Macarena (1996)

Spice Girls — Wannabe”(1996/97)

Hanson — MMMBop (1997)

Aerosmith — I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (1998)

Britney Spears – … Baby One More Time (1999)

Eiffel 65 — Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1999/00)

Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean — Hips Don’t Lie (2006)

Fergie — Big Girls Don’t Cry (2007)

LMFAO — Sexy and I Know It (2011/12)

Katy Perry — Roar (2013)

Justice Crew — Que Sera (2014)

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey — Closer (2016)