Having been showered with critics’ awards at the start of the year, Jessie J rises to meet their expectations this week, climbing from No12 to No1 on the Singles Chart with her second single ‘Price Tag’ (feat. B.o.B).
Bruno Mars drops to No2 after four weeks at No1 with ‘Grenade’, while Rihanna’s residency in the Top 10 continues for another week as ‘S&M’ climbs eleven places from No14 to No3, replacing ‘What’s My Name’ which drops from No8 to No13. Chris Brown’s ascent is even greater – up fifteen places from No24 to No9 with ‘Yeah 3X’, his fifth appearance in the Irish Top 10 five years after his debut ‘Run It!’ peaked at No2. Chris Brown also features on this week’s highest new entry - Chipmunk’s ‘Champion’ at No14, the London rapper’s best showing on this chart since ‘Oopsy Daisy’ reached No7 last year.
Adele takes a third week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘21’, still well ahead of the nearest challengers Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Imelda May. This week’s highest new entry is at No10 for Roberta Flack’s ‘Love Songs’, just ahead of the next new entry at No11 for James Blake, who was the runner-up behind Jessie J in both the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2011’ and the Brits ‘Critics Choice’ awards. The Streets’ fifth ‘swansong’ album ‘Computers And Blues’ is this week’s third new entry at No22 - all the previous four made the Irish Top 20 but the most successful by far was 2004’s ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ which spent five weeks at No1.