Ed Sheeran dominates New Zealand End of Year Charts
The English singer songwriter claims top spot for both album and single of 2017
It won't come as too much of a surprise to anyone who has kept an eye on the charts this year that Ed Sheeran looms large when we look back over 2017.
The Official NZ Top 40 End of Year Charts released by Recorded Music NZ today reveal the 26-year-old Englishman took out
the 2017 double, topping both the Singles Chart withShape Of You and the Albums Chart with Divide.
Streamed more than 16 million times and going five times platinum, Shape Of You debuted at #1 in the second week of January and remained there for 13 weeks. In fact, it didn't leave Top 40 at all
this year and notched up a remarkable 28 weeks straight in the Top 10.
The song is just one of three Sheeran tunes in the Top 10 this year with Castle On The Hill at #4 and Galway Girl at #9.
It's not surprising therefore that Divide was also the biggest album of the year, says Chart Compiler Paul Kennedy.
"At five times platinum and with 25 weeks at #1, Ed really did dominate the year in a way few other artists ever have
before,” says Kennedy.
He was chased hard, however, by three huge Kiwi albums, as Lorde's critically acclaim Melodrama, the Moana movie soundtrack, composed by Opetaia Foa'i, and A Very M3rry Christmas, the Sol3 Mio album currently topping the charts, all finished the year in the Top 10.
"All three were #1 albums and between them held the top spot for 12 weeks this year," says Kennedy.
Lorde's much-anticipated second album, Melodrama, was the biggest local album of the year, opening at #1 in June and spending three weeks atop the chart.
Six tracks off the record entered the Top 40, including 2017's biggest local single - the award-winning #1 hit Green Light, which spent 17 weeks in the Top 40 and achieved platinum status.
"In the streaming era it is incredibly difficult to conjure up the kind of mass popularity required to top the charts
and stay there ahead of the biggest pop stars in the world," says Kennedy.
"So, it is even more impressive in this age that we still have a homegrown star like Lorde able to top the Singles
Chart, as she did around the world. It’s also encouraging to see brand-new Kiwi talent entering the music scene.”
The Official Charts' first duty to more than 45,000 weekly subscribers is to report back on the most popular singles and
albums of the day.
But just as importantly, they showcase a range of talent through Discovery charts like the weekly NZ Artist Top 20 and
Heatseekers, which highlights the fastest-rising tracks outside the main chart.
"If you've been keeping up with all the charts this year, you will have seen a bunch of new names there in 2017,” says
Local artists who saw their singles chart in the main Top 40, NZ-only Top 20 or Heatseeker Charts for the first time
this year included:
Tunes Of I
And on the albums front, the list of local talent to grace the main Top 40, NZ-only Top 20 or Heatseeker Charts for the
first time this year is even longer, including:
Albi And The Wolves
Modern Maori Quartet
Howie Morrison Jr
The Strait Shooters
This Pale Fire
The All Seeing Hand
Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan applauds all the New Zealand musicians who contributed to the Kiwi music
landscape in 2017.
“Looking at the success of our musicians both at home and overseas is heart-warming. It was a huge year for Lorde, but
look at the fantastic list of homegrown artists represented across our range of official charts for the first time,”
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