Bruce’s Brace Blocks Ben


Bruce Springsteen holds the top two positions on the Album Chart for a second consecutive week, although his two albums swap places - ‘Greatest Hits’ rises to No1 and ‘Wrecking Ball’ dips to No2.

Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, has this week’s highest new entry at No3 with his third album ‘Ill Manors’.  His 2006 debut ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ has yet to chart in Ireland, but the follow-up ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ reached No7 two years ago.  He’s one of three new entries in this week’s Top 10, the second of which is at No7 for New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem with their fourth album, and major label debut, ‘Handwritten’.  Their only previous showing on this chart was in 2010, when their third album ‘American Slang’ debuted at No15 before tumbling to No75 in the second week. The third  newcomer is at No10 – Jennifer Lopez, with her ‘Dance Again…The Hits’ collection.  This is her fifth appearance in the Irish Top 10,  most recently with ‘Love?’ which debuted and peaked at No7 last year. Hans Zimmer scores a Top20 position this week with his soundtrack to the Batman sequel ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ which climbs from No36 to No11– a great improvement on the No35 peak for ‘The Dark Night’ soundtrack four years ago. 

Florence + The Machine take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’, but for a second consecutive week the lead over’s ‘Is This Love’ is slim.  With his debut album ‘Contrast’ released today, Conor Maynard has this week’s highest new entry at No22 with his second single ‘Vegas Girl’, the follow-up to ‘Can’t Say No’ which reached No13 earlier this year. 
The next new entry in this week’s Top 30 is at No26 for B.o.B. and Taylor Swift, who climb from No32 with ‘Both Of Us’.  Iceland’s Of Monsters And Men make their first appearance on the Irish Chart taking the next new entry at No28 with ‘Little Talks’ – a No1 for them in their own country last year.


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