Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic/Warner) blasts to the top of Australia’s albums chart, giving the British singer and songwriter his fourth No. 1 in these parts.
Sheeran’s collaborative new album starts at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart and emulates the best effort of his previous three albums, Divide (which hit the summit in March 2017), Multiply (June 2014) and Plus (August 2012).
The set, which features assists from Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B, Stormzy, Chance The Rapper, Bruno Mars, Khalid and others, also goes to the top in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Coming in at No. 2 on the current frame is Smooth Big Cat (BMG/Warner) by Dope Lemon, the new project from Angus Stone. Smooth Big Cat leads the current ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart and is the followup to Dope Lemon’s June 2016 debut LP Honey Bones (peaking at No. 11), and the 2017 Angus & Julia Stone release Snow, which hit No. 2 on its release in September 2017.
There’s another homegrown top five debut this week as Thelma Plum’s Better In Black (Warner) starts at No. 4. The Brisbane-born, Melbourne-based singer and songwriter’s debut album release features guests Paul Kelly, Dave Le’aupepe of Gang of Youths, Alex Burnett from Antony & Cleopatra and Sparkadia, and Paul McCartney, who wrote guitar parts for the closing track “Made For You.”
Adelaide rapper Allday makes it three top 10s in a row with Starry Night Over The Phone (UNFD/Sony), which features contributions with collaborations with The Veronicas and Japanese Wallpaper. It’s new at No. 7.
Also new to the chart is The Lion King (Walt Disney/Universal) soundtrack, which opens its account at No. 10 in the same week the film rolls out at theaters across the country. The soundtrack to the original animated Disney film peaked at No. 4 in October 1994 and is credited four-times platinum, according to ARIA.
Meanwhile Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (Columbia/Sony) keeps cruising Down Under, where it enters a 13th week at No. 1.
The Atlanta rapper’s global hit now draws level with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (13 weeks in 2017) and Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” (13 weeks in 1995/95), as the singles with the second-longest run at the top. It’s chasing all-time leader Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You,” which spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 2017.
It could get there. The hip-hop artist recently released a new remix featuring rapper Young Thug and “Yodeling Kid” Mason Ramsey, and Lil Nas X is openly recruiting stars for future cuts.
No less than seven tunes from No.6 Collaborations Project appear in the top 20 this week, led by “Beautiful People,” Ed Sheeran’s collab with Khalid, which holds at No. 4, its peak position.