A Star Is Born


American singer-songwriter Elizabeth Grant, better known as Lana Del Rey, lands at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with ‘Born To Die’, her first album release in Europe following the success of ‘Video Games’ which launched her career world-wide.

In an all-new Top 3, Leonard Cohen debuts at No2 with ‘Old Ideas’ – and at the age of 77 he achieves a personal best on this chart, ahead of the No5 debut for his previous studio album ‘Dear Heather’ back in 2004. In contrast 21-year old Maverick Sabre claims this week’s third new entry at No3 with his debut ‘Lonely Are The Brave’, despite the fact that both of his singles ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘I Need’ stalled outside the Top 30. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s chart is at No10 for Dublin’s Delorentos with their independently-released third album ‘Little Sparks’. Their first album ‘In Love With Detail’ came in at No7 in 2007 and the follow-up ‘You Can Make Sound’ made No2 in 2009.

 After two weeks at No1, Jessie J’s ‘Domino’ is deposed by Gotye who climbs to the top with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ (feat Kimbra) – initially a massive hit in his native Australia and now No1 across much of Europe. Flo Rida leaps twelve places from No15 to No3 with ‘Wild Ones’ (feat. Sia), his seventh appearance in the Top 5 in Ireland, including five No1’s. Highest climber honours this week go to Kelly Clarkson, who leaps 16 places from No25 to No9 with ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ – her eleventh hit single in Ireland since winning the first American Idol back in 2003. Ed Sheeran has this week’s highest new entry at No16 with ‘Drunk’, the fourth hit single from his platinum album ‘+’.

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