Marina & The Diamonds storms straight to the top of the Album Chart this week with her second album ‘Electra Heart’, deposing Aslan’s ‘Nudie Books And Frenchies’ which drops to No3 after one week at the top. This marks a significant improvement on her 2010 release ‘The Family Jewels’ which debuted and peaked at No9.
Mick Flannery moves up a place to No2 with ‘Red To Blue’, Jack White’s ‘Blunderbuss’ drops 2 places to No4 while Alabama Shakes get their first Top 10 placing in the Irish Album Chart as ‘Boys & Girls’ makes a healthy climb from No16 to No5. Norah Jones reached the top of the chart with her first two albums ‘Come Away With Me’ (2003) and ‘Feels Like Home’ (2004) and made No2 with her third album ‘Not Too Late’ in 2007, but slipped with her fourth release ‘The Fall’ which debuted and peaked at No20 in 2009. This week sees a partial return to form, with her fifth album ‘Little Broken Hearts’ entering the chart at No12. The third new entry in this week’s chart is at No38 for Marilyn Manson with ‘Born Villain’ - his eighth studio release and the first since signing to Cooking Vinyl. His only album to breach the Top 20 to-date is ‘The Golden Age Of Grotesque’ which came in at No7 in 2003.
Fun hold on at the top of the Singles Chart for a third week with ‘We Are Young’ (feat. Janelle Monae), again holding off the challenge from Carly Rae Jepsen whose ‘Call Me Maybe’ has to be content with a third week at No2. Marina & The Diamonds ‘Primadonna’ takes a giant leap up the chart from No27 to No3 – a personal best and first appearance in the Top 20 on this chart. This week’s highest new entry goes to Tulisa who releases her first solo single since the demise of N-Dubz and enters at No5 with ‘Young’. Maroon 5 achieve their sixth Irish Top 10 hit with ‘Payphone’ (feat. Wiz Khalifa) which is the next new entry at No8, not yet a match for last year’s massive hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’ which spent 4 weeks at No1.