Adele’s ‘21’ returns to the top of the Album Chart this week, swapping places with Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ which drops to No2 after two weeks on top - which means Arctic Monkeys are denied a fourth consecutive No1 as ‘Suck It And See’ lands at No3. Their first release ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ became the fastest selling debut album ever in Ireland in 2006 (although overtaken by Leona Lewis ‘Spirit’ the following year). The follow-up ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ resided at No1 for three weeks in 2007 and their third album ‘Humbug’ spent a week on top in 2009.
Thirty-three years after it was originally recorded, Rory Gallagher’s ‘Notes From San Francisco’ finally gets a posthumous release this week and debuts at No5 – his highest chart position since 2005’s ‘Big Guns: The Very Best Of’ reached No2 on the tenth anniversary of his passing. The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is for ‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jackie Evancho, who enters at No16 with her crossover-classical selection ‘Dream With Me’.
Pitbull holds on to the No1 spot for a second week on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘Give Me Everything’ while Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A Dollar’ moves closer to the top – up to No2 from last week’s No4. Example takes this week’s highest new entry with ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ entering at No6 and in the process gets his best chart placing on the Singles Chart to date, surpassing his 2010 hit ‘Kickstarts’ which reached No8. Coldplay provide the only ‘rock’ track in a Top 30 dominated by pop/R&B, claiming the next new entry with ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming fifth album, entering at No16 – nearly a match for their last single ‘Christmas Lights’ which peaked at No15 last December.