This time last year, Germany won the Eurovision Song Contest and their winning song ‘Satellite’ debuted at No2 on the Irish Charts for Lena, well ahead of Niamh Kavanagh’s song for Ireland ‘It’s For You’ which peaked at No8. This year it’s a different story: Jedward’s ‘Lipstick’ rockets to No1 while Azerbaijan’s winning entry ‘Running Scared’ by Ell & Nikki enters the chart at a lowly No41.
This is Jedward’s second No1 single in Ireland (following ‘Under Pressure’). Originally released three months ago when it debuted at No2, ‘Lipstick’ has remained firmly inside the Top 20 in the intervening weeks. The second most successful ESC 2011 song this week is for A Friend In London with ‘New Tomorrow’ representing Denmark and landing at No9 on this week’s chart. Beyond Eurovision, the other big story of the week is the ubiquitous Lady Gaga: ahead of the release of her second album she launches a fourth single ‘Hair’ which debuts at No14, joining ‘Judas’ (No8), ‘The Edge Of Glory’ (No12) and the title track ‘Born This Way’ (No18) in this week’s Top 20.
Adele takes a 15th week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘21’, and once again the nearest challenger is her previous album ‘19’. With Ryan Sheridan’s ‘The Day You Live Forever’ down one place to No3, Kate Bush has the highest new entry at No4 with ‘Director’s Cut’ – her first release since ‘Aerial’ which debuted and peaked at No6 back in 2005. Jedward’s ‘Planet Jedward’ is a re-entry at No12 - propelled by their performance in Düsseldorf on Saturday, they register their highest position on this chart since September last year.