Many Happy Returns


After two weeks at No1 followed by two weeks at No2, Gotye returns to the top of the Singles Chart this week with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ (feat. Kimbra). The last song to return to No1 was Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ exactly a year ago, deposed for one week by Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’.

Emeli Sandé dips to No2 after her two week stint at the top with ‘Next To Me’, ahead of Flo Rida who takes a fifth week at No3 with ‘Wild Ones’ (feat. Sia).  Jedward claim this week’s highest new entry at No5 with their fifth Irish hit ‘Waterline’ – voted last Friday to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan next May.  This will be the first time any act has represented Ireland in two consecutive years.  The next new entry is at No15 for the unlikely pairing of N-Dubz’ Dappy with Queen’s Brian May on ‘Rockstar’.  It’s Dappy’s second solo appearance in this chart following ‘No Regrets’ which reached No8  last year, and it’s Brian May’s third – ‘Driven By You’ and ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ charted in the early 1990’s.  The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 30 is at No20 for Philly hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang with ‘Ray Charles’ - their second Irish hit following ‘Opposite Of Adults’ which reached No10 two years ago.

Following her Brit Awards performance and victories last week, Adele returns to No1 in the Album Chart with ‘21’ – bringing her tally at the top to 34 weeks.  Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ climbs back from No3 to No2 while Whitney Houston’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ drops to No3 from last week’s  top spot.  Irish artists claim both of this week’s new entries: Keywest are at No15 with their debut release ‘The Message’ and The Cranberries are at No17 with ‘Roses’, their sixth studio album and first new material in eleven years.  Of the previous five, their debut ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ was the most successful, spending five weeks at No1 in 2004.

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