Nearly forty years after the release of his debut ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ’, Bruce Springsteen releases his 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ this week and sees it sail straight to the top of the Album Chart – his third consecutive No1 following ‘Magic’ (2007) and ‘Working On A Dream’ (2009).
Emeli Sandé holds at No2 with ‘Our Version Of Events’, ahead of Adele’s ‘21’ at No3 and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ at No4. Sinéad O’Connor has the next new entry at No5 with her well-received ninth studio album ‘How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?’ – her first appearance in the Top 10 since 2002 when ‘Sean-Nós Nua’ debuted at No3. There are two further new entries in this week’s Top 30: Katie Melua at No23 with her fifth album ‘Secret Symphony’ and Civil Wars at No26 with their Grammy Award-winning debut ‘Barton Hollow’.
Gotye takes a fourth week at No1 on the Singles Chart this week with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ (feat. Kimbra), heading a Top 3 unchanged from last week, with Emeli Sandé at No2 and Flo Rida & Sia at No3. Nicki Minaj leaps six places back from No10 to No4 with ‘Starships’ while David Guetta & Sia climb back from No8 to No5 with ‘Titanium’ – now 24 weeks in the Top 30. Tinchy Stryder & Pixie Lott have this week’s highest new entry at No19 with ‘Bright Lights’, his fourth appearance in the Irish Top 20 and her sixth. With four No1 albums and nineteen hit singles under their belts, Dublin rock veterans Aslan have the only other new entry at No28 with ‘Too Late For Hallelujah’.