As this weekend’s X Factor final looms, the finalists joint single release ‘Wishing On A Star’ holds on to the No1 position in this week’s Singles Chart for a second week despite a very strong challenge from Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson whose ‘Winter Song’ climbs to No2.
Olly Murs climbs 5 places to No3 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ to give him his highest placing in the Irish Singles Charts to date. Rihanna and Calvin Harris slip two places down the chart as ‘We Found Love’ occupies the No4 spot while Florence + The Machine’s ‘Shake It Out’ drops a place to complete the Top 5. This week’s highest new entry goes to the Twitterxmassingle’s cover of ‘Winter Song’ - a charity project conceived and organised with the help of Irish Twitter members - which enters the chart at No8.
Michael Bublé maintains a healthy lead on this week’s Album Chart to take a second week at the top with ‘Christmas’ ahead of One Direction who move up a place to No2 with ‘Up All Night’. Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ drops a place to No3, Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ holds steady at No4 and Olly Murs again achieves a personal best as ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ climbs to No5 – his highest ever placing on the Irish Album Chart. Of four new entries in this week’s Top 30, Amy Winehouse’s posthumous collection ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ is this week’s highest entry at No6 followed by last year’s X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson whose debut release ‘Heaven’ enters the Top 10 at No9. Limerick’s Rubberbandits take their debut album ‘Serious About Men’ into the Top 30 at No27 while The Black Keys seventh studio album gives them their best ever showing in the Album Chart as ‘El Camino’ enters at No28, their previous highest being for 2010’s ‘Brothers’ which reached No46.