Villagers Land Second Number 1


Nearly three years after their acclaimed debut ‘Becoming A Jackal’ arrived at No1 on the Album Chart in May 2010, Conor O’Brien’s Villagers repeat the feat this week with their follow-up ‘{Awayland}’ – the first Irish artist to top this chart since The Script (#3) back in September last year.

Following the cinema release of the film last Friday, the soundtrack of ‘Les Miserables’ debuts just behind Villagers at No2 – and there’s also a return to the chart for the original 1985 London Cast version at No71. Ed Sheeran dips to No3 after two weeks on top with ‘+’, ahead of Emeli Sandé at No4 and Rihanna at No5. The third new entry of the week is at No24 for UK singer-songwriter Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) with ‘All The Little Lights’, boosted by his well-received support slots for Ed Sheeran at the O2 last weekend. & Britney Spears climb from No2 to No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Scream & Shout’ – and it’s an eighth No1 single in Ireland for both artists.’s most recent was with The Script (‘Hall Of Fame’) four months ago, but for Britney it’s her first since January 2008 when ‘Piece Of Me’ spent two weeks at the top. James Arthur drops to No2 after five weeks at the summit, one place ahead of non-movers The Lumineers with ‘Ho Hey’ at No3. The highest new entry is at No6 for 50 Cent with ‘My Life’ (feat. Eminem & Adam Levine), his best showing on this chart as lead artist since 2007 when ‘Ayo Technology’ reached No3. Highest climber honours this week go to Emeli Sandé, whose ‘Clown’ soars from No40 to No8 – her fifth appearance in the Irish Top 10 in less than a year. The second and final new entry in the Top 20 is at No16 for Justin Timberlake with ‘Suit & Tie’ (feat. Jay-Z). Released worldwide last Monday (14th January), this is the lead track from his forthcoming ‘The 20/20 Experience’ album, his first new material in over five years.

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