With Adele extending her residency at the top of the Album Chart to 28 weeks, James Morrison debuts at No2 with his third album ‘The Awakening’. Both previous albums debuted outside the Top 10, but ‘Undiscovered’ subsequently reached No5 and ‘Songs For You, Truths For Me’ climbed all the way to No1.
In the battle of the ‘classic album re-issues’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ is a clear winner, re-entering the chart at No5 this week – well ahead of Pink Floyd’s re-mastered ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ which makes a return to the chart at No25. It’s a week of upheaval in the chart (there are seven new entries and six re-entries in this week’s Top 30) and three new albums debut just outside the Top 10: Blink-182 are new at No12 with their first studio album in eight years ‘Neighborhoods’, The Waterboys come in at No13 with ‘An Appointment With Mr. Yates’ and Paul McGrath lands at No16 with his debut release ‘Handle With Care’.
There’s still no change at the top of the Singles Chart, with One Direction taking a third week at No1 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ followed at No2 by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera with ‘Moves Like Jagger’. Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ climbs to a new high-point, up from No6 to No3, one place ahead of David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ (feat. Sia), up to No4 after two weeks at No5. It’s not every week that the highest new entry comes from a classically-arranged Belgian girls’ choir, but this week Scala & Kolacny Brothers land at No6 with their version of ‘With Or Without You’ – twenty-four years after U2 took their original to No1. James Morrison has the week’s highest climber with ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ up fifteen places from No26 to No11, his third hit single in Ireland following ‘You Give Me Something’ (No14 in 2006) and ‘Broken Strings’ (No2 in 2008). Once again The X Factor exerts its influence on the chart, as Goo Goo Dolls re-enter at No18 with ‘Iris’ – performed on the show last weekend by contestant Frankie Cocozza. The song was first released in 2008 and has since spent 46 weeks in the Irish Top 40, although never climbing higher than No5.