Florence's Machine Hits Top Gear


Florence + The Machine’s second album ‘Ceremonials’ lands at No1 on this week’s Album Chart, achieving what her multi-platinum debut ‘Lungs’ never quite managed, despite sitting at No2 for six weeks and spending a year in the Top 10.

Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’ dips to No2 after one week at No1, ahead of this week’s next new entry, Christy Moore’s ‘Folk Tale’ at No3.  His previous album ‘Listen’ spent four weeks at the top in May 2009, but prior to that ‘Burning Times’ debuted at No3 in October 2005 – and both recent live albums ‘Live At the Point’ (2006) and ‘Live At Vicar Street’ (2002) were No1’s for the legendary folk singer.  With Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ slipping from No2 to No4, Justin Bieber claims this week’s third new entry at No5 with ‘Under The Mistletoe’ – his second album following ‘My World’ which reached No1 for a week last year.  U2 return to the Top 10 with their 20th Anniversary edition of ‘Achtung Baby’ at No9, their first appearance in the Top 10 since summer 2009 with ‘No Line On The Horizon’.  The only other newcomer to this week’s Top 20 is at No13 for Professor Green with ‘At You Inconvenience’, his follow-up to last year’s ‘Alive Til I’m Dead’ which debuted and peaked at No18.

Rihanna and Calvin Harris take a fourth week at No1 on the Singles Chart, maintaining a solid lead over Professor Green, a non-mover at No2 with ‘Read All About It’ (feat. Emeli Sandé).   Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, under his pseudonym Avicii, has this week’s highest new entry at No3 with ‘Levels’, his second Irish hit following ‘Collide’ (with Leona Lewis) which also reached No3 back in September.  With her debut album ‘Sticks + Stones’ out today (Friday), Cher Lloyd has the next new entry on this week’s Singles Chart with her second single ‘With Ur Love’ (feat. Mike Posner’) at No5.  Her debut ‘Swagger Jagger’ came in at No2 in August and spent four weeks in the Top 20.  The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 10 is at No7 for Dublin band The Coronas with ‘Addicted To Progress’, their seventh Irish hit single but the first to make the Top 10.

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