Rihanna and Calvin Harris hold at No1 on the Singles Chart for a fifth consecutive week with ‘We Found Love’, continuing a trend for stability at the top that has been evident throughout the year. There have been just 14 different No1’s so far in 2011, compared with 23 over the same period in 2010.
Florence + The Machine climbs from No9 to No2 with ‘Shake It Out’ , ahead of her previous best position on this Chart – No3 for ‘Cosmic Love’ in 2009. Also climbing fast this week is Ed Sheeran, whose third single ‘Lego House’ leaps from No20 to No9. Bruno Mars has this week’s highest new entry at No11 with ‘It Will Rain’, his eighth appearance on this chart in just over a year, including two No1’s (‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘Grenade’). Similarly, JLS claim their eighth Irish hit this week, new at No13 with ‘Take A Chance On Me’ – four of the previous seven made the Top 5, but to-date a No1 in Ireland eludes them.
Florence + The Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ takes a second week at No1 on the Album Chart, well ahead of runners-up Michael Bublé who climbs from No4 to No2 with ‘Christmas’ and Coldplay who slip from No2 to No3 with ‘Mylo Xyloto’. The Wanted follow-up their self-titled debut album with ‘Battleground’ which is this week’s highest new entry at No4 – an improvement on the No11 debut and peak for last year’s release. Also new this week is Cher Lloyd at No7 with her debut album ‘Sticks + Stones’, featuring both her Top 5 singles ‘Swagger Jagger’ and ‘With Ur Love’. In contrast, Mario Rosenstock makes his thirteenth appearance in the chart this week, new at No9 with his latest ‘Gift Grub’ release, fully titled ‘You Don’t Get To 150 Friends Without Making A Few Enemies’. He’s released an album at this time of year every year since 2000 (as well as ‘Dat’s Life’ in May 2008) and they’ve all made the Top 10 except last year’s ‘Gift Grub 11’ which reached No12. Following her appearances on Britain’s Got Talent and the ensuing YouTube success, Susan Boyle’s first album ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ was No1 all over the world (and Ireland’s best-seller of 2009), last year’s follow-up ‘The Gift’ debuted at No5, and this week the Scottish singer claims the fourth new entry with her third album ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ at No11.