Ten years after ‘Here Come The Good Times’ topped the Singles Chart for the Irish World Cup Squad, ‘The Rocky Road To Poland’ scores a No1 for the Irish Euro 2012 Squad with Damien Dempsey, Danny O’Reilly, Bressie And the Dubliners. Prior to 2002 there were No1’s for the 1988 Euro Squad with ‘Boys In Green’, the 1990 World Cup Squad with ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ and the 1994 World Cup Squad with ‘Watch Your House For Ireland’.
With Fun slipping to No2 after three weeks on top with ‘We Are Young’, Jedward debut at No3 with ‘Put The Green Cape On’ – a remix of their Eurovision 2011 song ‘Lipstick’, and the unofficial single for Euro 2012. This is their fifth Top 5 single in Ireland, including three No1’s. Rita Ora makes a second appearance in the Irish Chart this week with ‘R.I.P’ (feat. Tinie Tempah) new at No11 – previously she reached No17 featuring on ‘Hot Right Now’ with DJ Fresh back in March. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 is for Rihanna who climbs nineteen places from No32 to No13 with ‘Where Have You Been’ – her thirtieth Top 20 single in Ireland since 2005, when her first hit ‘Pon De Replay’ reached No2.
Keane debut at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their fifth studio album ‘Strangeland’ – their only other chart-topper in Ireland was second album ‘Under The Iron Sea’ in 2006. Adele’s ‘21’ climbs back to No2, passing Marina & The Diamonds’ ‘Electra Heart’ which drops to No3 after a week on top. Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley records a personal best with a No6 debut for his seventh solo album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’, a major advance on his previous best ‘Lady’s Bridge’ which reached No20 in 2007 and ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, No37 in 2009. Also noteworthy this week is the return to the chart for Dublin legends My Bloody Valentine: the compilation ‘EP’s 1988-1991’ is new at No21 and their two remastered studio albums ‘Loveless’ and ‘Isn’t Anything’ arrive at No29 and No49 respectively.