Bowie’s Back

11/Jan/2013

In another quiet week for new releases on the Singles Chart, the big news of the week was the surprise release on Tuesday of a brand new song from David Bowie – ‘Where Are We Now?’ – which debuts at No9. This is his first new material in ten years and his first appearance on this chart since 1997 when ‘Little Wonder’ reached No27 – although the last time he featured in the Irish Top 10 was back in 1986 when ‘Underground’ peaked at No6.


James Arthur holds at No1 for a fifth consecutive week with ‘Impossible’ – the first X Factor winner’s debut to stay at the top for more than four weeks since Leona Lewis, whose ‘Moment Like This’ held on for six weeks in Dec 2006/Jan 2007. In terms of previous winners’ sales, only Matt Cardle has managed a higher tally than James Arthur in the first five weeks. Will.i.am & Britney Spears climb to No2 with ‘Scream & Shout’, swapping positions with The Lumineers whose ‘Ho Hey’ dips to No3.

Ed Sheeran remains at No1 on the Album Chart this week with ‘+’, ahead of Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ at No2 and One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ at No3. For a fourth consecutive week there are no new entries in the Top 75 – none since Bruno Mars arrived at No4 with ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ on 13th December last year. Hollywood rockers Black Veil Brides narrowly miss out this week as their third studio album ‘Wretched & Divine’ debuts at No76.


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