Beyoncé reaps the rewards of Sunday’s triumphant Glastonbury show, debuting at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with her appropriately-titled fourth studio album ‘4’ to claim her third solo No1 album in Ireland.
The margin at the top, however, is wafer-thin, with less than 100 sales separating the top 2, which means Adele’s ‘21’ and ‘19’ take No2 and No3 respectively – and with Lady Gaga at No4, Imelda May at No5 and Rihanna at No6, the upper echelons of the chart are a man-free zone this week. The next new entry is at No16 for Biffy Clyro with their first live album ‘Revolutions: Live At Wembley’, a match for the No16 debut for their previous release ‘Only Revolutions’ in November 2009. The third and final newcomer to this week’s Top 30 is at No22 for Gillian Welch with ‘The Harrow & The Harvest’. She’s been releasing albums for more than fifteen years, but this is the first taste of Irish Chart success for the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.
There’s a familiar look to this week’s Singles Chart, with few significant changes near the top since last week. Pitbull holds at No1 for a fifth week with ‘Give Me Everything’, ahead of Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ which is a non-mover at No2. Ed Sheeran continues in the right direction, up from No15 to No9 with ‘The A Team’, as does LMFAO who climbs from No20 to No15 with ‘Champagne Showers’. Coldplay reverse back to No14 from No37 with ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’, fuelled by the release of a 3-track EP and a well-received set at Glastonbury on Saturday.