Ed Sheeran a 2017 favourite

Ed Sheeran loomed large on the official New Zealand music charts last year, taking out the 2017 double with ‘Shape Of You' topping the singles chart and ‘Divide' topping the albums chart.

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 the Top 40 at all and notched up 28 weeks straight in the Top 10.

The song was just one of three Sheeran tunes in the Top 10 in 2017 with ‘Castle On The Hill' at #4 and ‘Galway Girl' at #9.

Lorde's much-anticipated second album, Melodrama, was the biggest local album of the year, opening at #1 in June and spending three weeks at the top of 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 chart compiler Paul Kennedy.

“So it is even more impressive in this age that we still have a home-grown 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.”



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