With five Irish No1 Oasis albums under his belt, Noel Gallagher succeeds this week where his younger brother failed – he debuts at No1 with his first post-Oasis release ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, two places ahead of Liam’s Beady Eye debut at No3 back in March.
2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle settles for a No2 debut for his first album release ‘Letters’, which features both his singles - ‘When We Collide’ (now the fourth best-seller since records began in 1992) and ‘Run For Your Life’ (down from No12 to No26 this week). Adele’s ‘21’ drops to No3, but still holds on to an unbroken run in the Top 3 since release nine months ago, while Lisa Hannigan’s ‘Passenger’ dips to No4 after debuting at the top last week. Katy Perry’s X Factor performance at the weekend boosts the sales of her ‘Teenage Dream’ album – this week’s highest climber up twenty-seven places from No34 to No7. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 30 is at No22 for Daniel O’Donnell with his latest greatest hits package ‘The Ultimate Collection’ – his thirteenth Top 30 album in Ireland over the past ten years.
Rihanna and Calvin Harris take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘We Found Love’, heading a Top 3 unchanged since last week: Christina Perri remains at No2 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ and Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera hold at No3 with ‘Move Like Jagger’. The Wanted follow-up their No1 single ‘Glad You Came’ with ‘Lightning’, this week’s highest new entry at No5 and a sixth Irish hit for the Anglo-Irish boy-band. The next new entry is the debut release from Lana Del Rey ‘Video Games’ at No13 while Justin Bieber’s early seasonal offering ‘Mistletoe’ also comes into the Top 20 at No16 - his third appearance in the Top 20 following ‘Eenie Meenie’ (with Sean Kingston) which reached No12 and ‘Baby’ (with Ludacris), which peaked at No7. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No18 for The Original Rudeboys with ‘Stars In My Eyes’.