Following her Eurovision victory in Baku last weekend, Sweden’s Loreen debuts at No1 on this week’s chart with ‘Euphoria’. She’s the first Eurovision winner to top the Irish Singles Chart since 1993, when Ireland’s own Niamh Kavanagh spent five weeks at No1 with ‘In Your Eyes’.
Apart from Jedward, who move up from No10 to No7 with ‘Waterline’, only three of the other contestants make an impression on the Irish Chart: the surprise leader of this group is Ivi Adamou with the Cyprus entry ‘La La Love’ at No32 (No16 on the night), ahead of Buranovskiye Babushki at No61 with the Russian entry ‘Party For Everybody’ (runner-up in the contest) and Roman Lob at No67 with the German entry ‘Standing Still’ (No8 on the night). Aside from Eurovision, the only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No8 for Flo Rida with ‘Whistle’, bringing his tally of Irish hits to thirteen, including five No1’s.
It’s a good week for Nordic artists, as Iceland’s Sigur Rós debut at No1 with their sixth studio album ‘Valtari’. They’ve been hitting higher and higher with every album: their debut ‘Von’ failed to chart, second album ‘Ágætis byrjun’ debuted at No38 in 2000, third album ‘( )’ came in at No17 in 2002, fourth album ‘Takk…’ made No6 in 2005 and their previous album ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ peaked at No4 in 2008. The next new entry is at No8 for Rumer with ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, the follow-up to her debut release ‘Seasons Of My Soul’ which reached No7 in 2010. The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is for The Scissor Sisters at No15 with their fourth album ‘Magic Hour’. Their first two albums both made No1, but their previous album ‘Night Work’ debuted and peaked at No11 two years ago.