Home Run For One Direction


A year after the release of their first album ‘Up All Night’, One Direction debut at No1 with their second album ‘Take Me Home’. Their first album debuted at No3, but over the past twelve months not only did it climb to No1, but it has remained in the Top 20 throughout the entire period – and is at No12 this week.

Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ climbs one place back to No2 (her sixth week as runner up yet still to make the top spot), ahead of The Rolling Stones who have this week’s second new entry at No3 with their 50th anniversary compilation ‘Grrr!’. Their previous ‘Forty Licks’ collection was released ten years ago and spent three weeks at No1, and in the intervening years they’ve charted with ‘A Bigger Bang’ (No18 in 2005), ‘Shine A Light’ (No10 in 2008) and the re-issued ‘Exile On Main Street’ (No11 in 2010). With the release of the new Paradise Edition, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ climbs back into the Top 10 this week, up ten places from No15 to No5, one place ahead of this week’s third new entry: Rod Stewart’s ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’at No6. This is his first appearance in the Top 20 since 2010, when the fifth instalment of his American Songbook series ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ debuted and peaked at No20.

Labrinth & Emeli Sandé make it four straight weeks at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, heading off a serious challenge from Syco label-mates One Direction who debut at No2 with ‘Little Things’ - their fifth Top 10 single in Ireland from five releases. Little Mix have the next new entry at No8 with ‘DNA’, a third Top 10 single for Syco this week and a third hit for last year’s X Factor winners. Their previous two ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Wings’ were both No1 singles in Ireland and the UK. With a leap of fourteen places, Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘Winter Song’ returns to the Top 10 at No9. Last December they reached No2 after the song featured in O2’s Christmas campaign, and it even spawned a charity cover version by Twitterxmassingle which reached No8.

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