In their 30th anniversary year, Dublin rock veterans Aslan claim their sixth No1 album in Ireland with their seventh studio release ‘Nudie Books And Frenchies’ - their first new material since 2009 when ‘Uncase’d’ debuted at No2.
An Irish No1 continues to elude Jack White, whose first solo album ‘Blunderbuss’ enters the chart at No2 – this is, however, an improvement on his previous best, No3 with The White Stripes (twice) and No4 with The Raconteurs. Mick Flannery dips to No3 after three weeks on top, ahead of Nicki Minaj and Adele at No3 and No4 respectively. In a good week for Irish rock, The Riptide Movement have this week’s next new entry at No6 with their independently-released second album ‘Keep On Keepin On’, the follow-up to ‘What About The Tip Jars?’ which reached No16 in 2009. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No12 for Rufus Wainwright with ‘Out Of The Game’ – his seventh studio release and fourth consecutive Top 40 album in Ireland: ‘Want Two’ reached No34 in 2004, ‘Release The Stars’ made No9 in 2007 and ‘All Days Are Nights’ peaked at No33 in 2010.
Fun take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘We Are Young’ (feat. Janelle Monae), increasing their lead over runner-up Carly Rae Jepsen who holds at No2 with ‘Call Me Maybe’. RTE’s The Voice Of Ireland makes an impact on this week’s chart as Team Bressie’s Pat Byrne debuts at No3 with ‘What A Wonderful World’ , well ahead of the other 3 contestants Richie Hayes (No23), Vanessa Whelan (No28) and Jim Devine (No61). The next new entry is at No6 for Calvin Harris with ‘Let’s Go’ (feat. Ne-Yo), his seventh appearance in the Top 10 including seven weeks at No1 last October when he featured on Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’.