The Chieftains mark their 50th anniversary by debuting at No2 on this week’s Album Chart with ‘Voice Of Ages’, failing to dislodge Bruce Springsteen who takes a second week at the top with ‘Wrecking Ball’, but achieving their highest position since 1999 when ‘Tears Of Stone’ spent two weeks at No1. In common with ‘Tears Of Stone’, ‘Voice Of Ages’ features collaborations with a wide range of musicians across different genres.
Emeli Sandé drops one place to No3 with ‘Our Version Of Events’, still ahead of Adele’s ‘21’ at No4 and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ at No5. Double Meteor Award winner Wallis Bird has this week’s next new entry at No11 with her self-titled third album, the follow-up to ‘Spoons’ (2007) and ‘New Boots’ which made No14 in 2009. The third and final new entry in the Top 20 is at No16 for ‘Home Again’, the debut release from British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka. As the winner of the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll, he’ll be hoping to emulate the success of 2011 winner Jessie J.
Gotye holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a fifth week with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ (feat. Kimbra), ahead of Emeli Sandé at No2 for a third week with ‘Next To Me’ and Nicki Minaj, up one place to No3 with ‘Starships’. This week’s highest new entry at No5 goes to singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen with ‘Call Me Maybe’, her first international hit following success in her native Canada. Close behind at No7 is the next new entry for Alexandra Burke with ‘Elephant’ (feat. Erick Morillo), the lead track from her forthcoming second album and her sixth hit single. This week’s highest climber goes to Bressie with ‘Breaking My Fall’, moving up 31 places to take his slot in the Top Ten at No10 - his second solo Irish hit single after last year’s ‘Can’t Stay Young Forever’ reached No14.