The first Album Chart of 2012 sees Adele return to the summit with ‘21’, nearly a year since the album was released in late January 2011. During this period ‘21’ has now spent a phenomenal thirty weeks at No1 and has never dipped lower than No8.
With hefty price promotion in-store and on-line, Bruno Mars climbs from No12 to No2 with ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ – the fifth best-seller of 2011 and a former No1. Olly Murs climbs a place to complete the Top 3 with ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ giving him his highest placing in the Album Chart to date. With no significant new releases this week, the remainder of the Top 40 is characterised by resurgent 2011 best-sellers – most notably Jessie J (up from No21 to No10), Lady Gaga (up from No26 to No14), Katy Perry (up from No39 to No19) and Nicki Minaj (a re-entry at No17). One notable absentee from this week’s Top 30 is Michael Bublé, whose ‘Christmas’ album takes a record-breaking plummet from No1 to No60.
The previous three X Factor winners Matt Cardle, Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke all spent exactly four weeks at No1 on the Singles Chart following their victories, and this week Little Mix emulate the success of their predecessors by taking a fourth week at the top with ‘Cannonball’. Olly Murs continues to mount a challenge, up from No3 to No2 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ – also gaining his highest-ever position on this chart. Rihanna & Calvin Harris climb a place to No3 after 14 weeks in the Top 10 with ‘We Found Love’ while Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ drops two places to No4. There’s only one new entry in this week’s Top 30 – JLS with ‘Do You Feel What I Feel?’ at No29, their ninth hit single in Ireland.