Two years after he landed his first Irish No1 with ‘My Worlds’, Justin Bieber chalks up a second this week with his third album ‘Believe’. It’s a return to form for the Canadian boy wonder, after his interim festive second album ‘Under The Mistletoe’ peaked at No5 in the run-up to Christmas last year.
There’s an all-new Top 3 on the Album Chart this week, with two new entries coming in behind Bieber. Cheryl debuts at No2 with ‘A Million Lights’, her third album and the third to debut at No2 – ‘3 Words’ behind Michael Bublé’s ‘Crazy Love’ in 2009 and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ behind Bon Jovi’s ‘Greatest Hits’ in 2010. New at No3 is Glen Hansard with his first solo album ‘Rhythm And Repose’, his first album of new material since The Swell Season’s ‘Strict Joy’ which reached No19 in 2009. Prior to then he’s topped this chart on four occasions – with The Commitments in 1992, with The Frames twice (‘Set List’ in 2003 and ‘Burn The Maps’ in 2004) and with the soundtrack to ‘Once’ in 2008 alongside his Swell Season partner Markéta Irglová.
Flo Rida climbs two places to No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Whistle’ – his fifth Irish No1 as lead artist, following ‘Low’, ‘Right Round’, ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ and most recently ‘Good Feeling’. Cheryl drops to No2 after a week on top with ‘Call My Name’, ahead of Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa who climb back up the chart from No5 to No3 with ‘Payphone’. Paloma Faith’s heavy promotional schedule pays dividends this week, as ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ enters the chart at No13 giving her a second Top 20 Irish hit. The next new entry in this week’s chart is at No19 for Stooshe with their second single ‘Black Heart’ – a major advance on their debut ‘Love Me’ (feat. Travie McCoy) which never made it higher than No61 back in March.