With her third solo album ‘A Million Lights’ released today, Cheryl Cole debuts at the top of the Singles Chart with the lead single ‘Call My Name’ – her third solo No1 single in Ireland, following ‘Fight For This Love’ and ‘Promise This’. She also hit the top with Girls Aloud’s ‘Sound Of The Underground’ in 2002 and with Helping Haiti’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ in 2010, bringing her overall tally to five.
With the Euros in full swing, The Ireland Squad’s ‘The Rocky Road To Poland’ takes a third week at No2, ahead of Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle’ at No3 and Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ at No4 after two weeks at No1. There’s not a lot of movement in this week’s chart, but Katy Perry climbs ten places from No25 to No15 with ‘Wide Awake’ to claim her 13th Top 20 hit single in Ireland, four years after her debut ‘I Kissed A Girl’ spent four weeks at No1.
The Bee Gees head this week’s Album Chart with their ‘Number Ones’ compilation, up from No5 last week. Ed Sheeran dips to No2 after a week at No1 with ‘+’, ahead of Brian Kennedy who has this week’s highest new entry at No3 with ‘Voice’, aptly named given his role on the TV show, and his best showing on this chart since the Nineties when he scored two No1 albums ‘A Better Man’ and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’. One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ drops to No4 while Scottish singer Amy MacDonald has the next new entry at No5 with her third album ‘Life In A Beautiful Light’ - a significant advance on her two previous releases ‘This Is The Life’ (No16 in 2008) and ‘A Curious Thing’ (No26 in 2010). The third new entry of the week is at No11 for Usher with his seventh studio album ‘Looking 4 Myself’. Of the previous six, the most successful were albums four and five – 2004’s ‘Confessions’ which reached No1 and 2008’s ‘Here I Stand’ which made No2. His previous album ‘Raymond v Raymond’ was a relatively disappointing No17 in 2010. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No12 for Hot Chip with their fifth album, and first for Domino Records, ‘In Our Heads’ – their third consecutive Top 20 in Ireland following ‘Made In the Dark’ (No9 in 2008) and ‘One Life Stand’ (No17 in 2010).