Bruno Mars makes it four weeks in a row at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Grenade’, ahead of Adele at No2, but there’s a strong challenge from Cornish singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, who debuts at No3 with ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ after just four days on sale (available to download since Monday) – boosted by performances on Today FM’s breakfast show and the Late Late Show last week.
Diddy – Dirty Money’s ‘Coming Home’ is down one to No4, just ahead of this week’s next new entry at No5 for Enrique Iglesias & Ludacris with ‘Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)’. This is Enrique’s eighth Top 10 single in Ireland and Ludacris’ fifth (all five as a featured artist). Highest climber honours go to Taio Cruz who leaps twenty-six places from No33 to No7 with ‘Higher’ (feat. Kylie Minogue), his follow-up to ‘Dynamite’ which reached No1 last summer. Jessie J has the next new entry at No12 with ‘Price Tag’ (feat. B.o.B) – just behind her own ‘Do It Like A Dude’ which climbs back from No15 to No11.
On the Album Chart Adele heads an unchanged Top 4 with ‘21’ taking a second week at No1, well ahead of Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Imelda May. Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’ returns to the Top 10 at No9 after a three-month break (during which time she never dropped outside the Top 40), and Ke$ha also makes a return to the chart at No17 with the release of Animal/Cannibal – her original ‘Animal’ album re-issued with a second CD of new songs and remixes.