Ed Sheeran continues to shred the competition on the U.K. sales charts, holding down nine of the singles top ten for a second week and two of the top three albums in Official Charts Company data.
"Shape Of You," "Galway Girl" and "Castle On The Hill" (Asylum/Warner Music) retain the top three places on the singles list, as "Shape" enters a tenth week at No. 1 with weekly combined units of 106,000. Last week, nine tracks from his new set ÷ (Divide) resided in the singles top 10, and all 16 in the top 20; he still has nine of the top ten, and 16 in the top 40.
"Something Just Like This" (Disruptor/Parlophone/Warneer) by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay rebounds 7-4 on the singles chart, with Sheeran's "Perfect" down 4-5. Danish DJ-producer Martin Jensen posts a 25-12 climb with "Solo Dance" (Discowax).
The ÷ album had combined units in its second week of 304,000 to add to its opening 672,000 - a new record for a male solo artist in the territory - for a running total of 976,000. Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) is steady at No. 2 again, with Sheeran's x (Multiply) back up 4-3.
British singer-songwriter Laura Marling scores her fifth top 10 album in a row with her sixth studio release Semper Femina (More Alarming) at No. 5. There's also a No. 7 entry for Soft Cell and Marc Almond's Hits and Pieces (UMC/Universal), a collection of Almond's work with the electro pioneers and as a solo artist. It's the first time in the U.K. album top ten for either name since Memorabilia - The Singles reached No. 8 in 1991.
Also of note is the 79-21 rise for The Beatles' Abbey Road (EMI/Universal), following its appearance as the first in "partwork" publishers DeAgostini's TV-advertised Beatles Vinyl Collection series, on 180g vinyl. It's the album's first appearance in the top 40 since it reached No. 6 during a 2009 promotion.