Coldplay unleash their fifth studio album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ this week and unsurprisingly land at No1 – their fourth consecutive album to achieve this feat. Their previous release ‘Viva La Vida’ spent seven weeks at the top in the summer of 2008, but their best-seller to-date by a considerable margin is 2002’s ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’.
Michael Bublé has claimed the Christmas No1 Album crown twice in the past four years – in 2007 with ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ and in 2009 with ‘Crazy Love’ – and his contender for 2011, the appropriately titled ‘Christmas’, arrives at No2 this week. Knocked back by the heavyweight new releases, Noel Gallagher drops to No3 after debuting at No1 last week and Adele’s ‘21’ drops out of the Top 3 for the first time since release, down to No4. Tom Waits has the next new entry at No5 with ‘Bad As Me’ – his best position on this chart since 2002 when ‘Blood Money’ debuted at No4. In a bumper week for new entries, Kelly Clarkson has the fourth with ‘Stronger’ at No8, her fourth Top 10 album in Ireland, and Mary Black has the fifth with ‘Stories From the Steeples’ at No13, her first studio album since ‘Full Tide’ which debuted and peaked at No16 in 2005.
Rihanna and Calvin Harris hold at No1 on the Singles Chart for a third week with ‘We Found Love’, heading off a challenge from Professor Green who enters at No2 with ‘Read All About It’ (feat. Emeli Sande). This is his third and biggest hit so far in Ireland: ‘I Need You Tonight’ reached No15 and ‘Just Be Good To Green’ reached No17 last year. Cobra Starship have the next new entry at No12 with ‘You Make Me Feel’ (feat. Sabi), an improvement on the No17 peak for their only other hit ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ two years ago. The third new entry is at No17 for Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah with ‘Earthquake’ – role reversal from their previous hit ‘Frisky’ which reached No3 last year, credited to Tinie Tempah feat. Labrinth. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’ at No19.