Marooned On Top – But Calvin’s Close


Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Moves Like Jagger’, fighting off a strong challenge from Calvin Harris whose ‘Feel So Close’ debuts at No2 – two places ahead of his previous best in 2009 ‘I’m Not Alone’.

Olly Murs claims the next new entry at No6 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ (feat. Rizzle Kicks), maintaining his 100% hit-rate from three releases – ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ reached No5 and ‘Thinking Of Me’ reached No13 last year.  Further down the chart Nicole Scherzinger scores this week’s highest climber, up eleven places from No29 to No18 with her fifth solo hit ‘Wet’, while Ellie Goulding returns to the chart with ‘Your Song’, a re-entry at No21 following Janet Devlin’s performance of the song on the first show in the new series of X Factor.

Adele returns to No1 on the Album Chart for a fifth time with ‘21’, taking her tally of weeks at the top to 24.  Jedward’s ‘Victory’ slips to No2 after two weeks at the summit, ahead of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’, a non-mover at No3.  After dropping ‘The’ from his name and returning to Dr Dre’s Aftermath label, Game has this week’s highest new entry at No7 with his fourth official release ‘The R.E.D. Album’ -  his best ever opening week in Ireland.  His first album ‘The Documentary’ debuted at No12 and the next two releases ‘Doctor’s Advocate’ and ‘LAX’ both came in at No8.  Nine years after winning the first series of Pop Idol, Will Young has this week’s next new entry with his fifth studio album ‘Echoes’ at No12 - along with 2009’s ‘The Hits’, all have made the Irish Top40.  The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No14 for Pugwash with their fifth album ‘The Olympus Sound’ – a massive breakthrough for the band as none of the previous four albums charted, although front man Thomas Walsh collaborated with Neil Hannon on ‘The Duckworth Lewis Method’ which reached No28 two years ago.

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