The Killers land at No1 in this week’s Album Chart with their fourth studio album ‘Battle Born’, maintaining their 100% record in Ireland: ‘Hot Fuss’ spent eleven weeks at the top in 2005, ‘Sam’s Town’ sat at No1 for five weeks in 2006 and their previous album ‘Day & Age’ was at No1 for one week in 2008.
Last week’s No1, The Script’s ‘#3’, dips to No2 after one week on top, while Pink takes third place with her sixth studio album ‘The Truth About Love’, just short of the No2 debut for her previous release ‘Funhouse’. Her only No1 album to-date in Ireland remains ‘Missundaztood’ which climbed to the top in 2003 after debuting at No8. Bob Dylan’s ‘Tempest’ drops two places to No4 as do The xx who drop from No3 to No5 with ‘Coexist’. Leonard Cohen reaps the rewards of four nights in Dublin with three albums in this week’s Top 40 – ‘Old Ideas’ at No10, ‘Greatest Hits’ at No12 and ‘Live In London’ at No31. Brooklyn indie quartet Grizzly Bear arrive at No14 with their fourth album ‘Shields’, one position shy of their previous breakthrough release ‘Veckatimest’ in 2009 which debuted at No13. This week’s fourth new entry is at No16 for Carly Rae Jepsen with her second album ‘Kiss’, buoyed by the success of her No1 single ‘Call Me Maybe’ and her collaboration with Owl City ‘Good Time’ which reached No6. There’s a return to the chart for Michael Jackson at No19 with the 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Bad - his second-best selling album after ‘Thriller’ and famous for spawning nine hit singles in Europe from its eleven tracks. Band Of Horses take the fifth and final new entry in the Top 20 with their fourth studio release ‘Mirage Rock’ – their best debut position to date.
The Script and will.i.am hold at No1 on the Singles Chart for a third week with ‘Hall Of Fame’, ahead of non-movers Lykke Li at No2 and Of Monsters And Men at No3. Gerry And The Pacemakers return to the Irish Chart after a forty-nine year break with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at No4. On its original release the song reached No1 in November 1963 and now makes a re-appearance following a campaign by Liverpool supporters in tribute to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. The only brand new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No19 for Korean superstar Psy with ‘Gangnam Style’ – and with 220m hits worldwide on YouTube it’s the first K-pop song to make an impression on the Irish Charts.