As we enter December Michael Bublé climbs from No4 to the top of this week’s Album Chart with his seasonal collection ‘Christmas’. If he can hang on for another three weeks he’ll claim his third Christmas No1 album in Ireland, following ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ in 2007 and ‘Crazy Love’ in 2009.
After debuting last week in runners-up position, Rihanna takes a second week at No2 with ‘Talk That Talk’, ahead of One Direction who hold at No3 with ‘Up All Night’. Olly Murs has this week’s highest new entry at No6 with ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’, the follow-up to his self-titled debut album which reached No11 this time last year. Similarly, Mary Byrne follows up her debut ‘Mine & Yours’ with a second release ‘With Love’, but fares less well – she lands at No10 this week compared with No1 for ‘Mine & Yours’ back in March. The third and final new entry is at No15 for multinational vocal quartet Il Divo with ‘Wicked Game’, their sixth appearance in this chart in seven years – and four of their previous albums climbed into the Top 3.
In a close-fought battle at the top of the Singles Chart, this year’s X Factor Finalists’ charity single ‘Wishing On A Star’ lands at No1, matching the three previous Finalists’ releases which all debuted at the top – and all three went on to stay there for exactly three weeks. Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s 7-week reign at the top comes to an end, by a margin of just 64 sales, as ‘We Found Love’ slips to No2. A sure sign that Christmas is coming is a re-entry at No23 for The Pogues and Kirsty McCall’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’– a seasonal hit in Ireland for seven consecutive years.