Westlife debut at the top of this week’s Album Chart with their twelfth album ‘Greatest Hits’, their tenth No1 album in Ireland spanning twelve years – more than any other artist over the past 20 years, ahead of U2 with eight No1’s over this period.
In an all-new Top 3, Rihanna arrives at No2 with ‘Talk That Talk’ – her sixth studio album and the fifth to make the Top 10, including two No1’s (‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ and ‘Loud’) and One Direction come in at No3 with their debut release ‘Up All Night’. Thirty-three years after the release of her first album ‘The Kick Inside’, Kate Bush lands at No12 with ‘50 Words For Snow’, her first all-new album since ‘Ariel’ which debuted and peaked at No6 in 2005.
Rihanna and Calvin Harris extend their residency at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘We Found Love’ to seven weeks – the longest stretch at the top since 2009 when Black Eyed Peas spent twelve weeks at No1 with ‘I Gotta Feeling’. Florence + The Machine’s ‘Shake It Out’ takes a third week at No2, one place ahead of Flo Rida who climbs two places to No3 with ‘Good Feeling’. Two songs surge up this week’s chart from outside the Top 20: Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson leap from No22 to No4 with ‘Winter Song’ (from the O2 Christmas ad) and Christina Perri climbs from No29 to No11 with ‘A Thousand Years’ (from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack). Olly Murs has this week’s highest new entry at No15 with his fourth single ‘Dance With Me Tonight’, the follow-up to ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ which reached No6 back in August.