After debuting at No2 back in September last year, Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ finally reaches the top spot on the Irish Album Chart this week, boosted by performances on BBC’s The Voice and the Jubilee Concert. During this nine month period he’s only dropped out of the Top 10 for three weeks – and the album had spawned five hit singles.
One Direction climb one place back to No2 with ‘Up All Night’, swapping positions with Adele whose ‘21’ slips to No3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse have this week’s highest new entry at No4 with ‘Americana’, their first album together since ‘Greendale’ which debuted and peaked at No5 in 2003. In the intervening period (2004-2011) he’s released five solo studio albums, all of which made the Top 30 but none made the Top 10. Paul Simon has a re-entry at No9 this week with the re-release of his most commercially-successful album ‘Graceland’, 26 years after its original launch in 1986. This is his third appearance in the Irish Top 10 this century: his two most recent studio albums ‘So Beautiful Or So What’ (2011) and ‘Surprise’ (2006) reached No7 and No8 respectively.
Loreen holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with her Eurovision-winning ‘Euphoria’, maintaining a slim lead over the Ireland Squad’s ‘The Rocky Road To Poland’. Flo Rida climbs five places from No8 to No3 with ‘Whistle’, but the highest climber of the week is Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band with their Jubilee song ‘Sing’, up 41 places from No53 to No12. In a quiet week for new entries, the only other newcomers to the Top 30 are Ed Sheeran at No27 with ‘Small Bump’ and Usher at No29 with ‘Scream’.