Three years after her first solo album ‘Sea Sew’ debuted at No3, Lisa Hannigan lands at No1 on the Album Chart this week with the follow-up ‘Passenger’. In the process she succeeds where many others have failed – she deposes Adele who slips to No2 with ‘21’.
Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has the next of seven new entries in this week’s Top 20, coming in at No7 with ‘Ashes & Fire’. He’s released at least an album a year since 2000 (nine solo releases and four with The Cardinals) but ‘Ashes & Fire’ is the first to debut inside the Top 10 – his previous best was No11 for ‘Rock N Roll’ in 2003. Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins has two albums in this week’s Top 50: she’s new at No12 with ‘Daydream’ and down to No45 with ‘One Fine Day’ – a compilation issued last week by her previous record company. The fourth new entry comes from Bjork who releases her eighth solo album ‘Biophilia’ this week, entering at No15 to maintain her 100% Top 30 hit-rate for all eight albums. After a five-year hiatus Evanescence return with their self-titled third studio album debuting at No17 this week: their first album ‘Fallen’ debuted outside the Top 40 but went on to reach No3 in 2004 and their second album came in at No3 in 2006. The sixth new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No18 for Jason Derulo with ‘Future History’, the follow-up to his eponymous debut album which debuted and peaked at No10 last year. The seventh and final new entry is at No20 for the recently re-united Steps with their ‘Ultimate Collection’.
After debuting at No3 last week on just four days’ sales, Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ (feat. Calvin Harris) climbs to the top this week to give Rihanna her fifth Irish No1 and Calvin Harris his first. Christina Perri’s ‘Jar Of Hearts’ climbs back up to No2, boosted by an X Factor contestant’s performance of the song at the weekend, ahead of Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera’s ‘Move Like Jagger’ which dips one place to No3. Gym Class Heroes have this week’s highest new entry and their fourth Irish hit single with ‘Stereo Hearts’ at No4 – a position bettered by only one of their previous hits ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ which reached No3 in 2007. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No12 for Matt Cardle with ‘Run For Your Life’ – the follow-up to his X Factor-winning Christmas No1 ‘When We Collide’.