First Amongst Equals


Three diverse albums battle for the top spot on this week’s Irish Album Chart with less than 100 sales separating the three of them, but the motion picture cast recording of ‘Les Miserables’ just hangs on at No1, ahead of Emeli Sandé who holds steady at No2 and Biffy Clyro, new at No3.

Biffy Clyro’s ‘Opposites’ is their sixth studio album in eleven years and is by far their most successful to date: the only others to make the chart were ‘Puzzle’ (No17 in 2007) and ‘Only Revolutions’ (No16 in 2009). The next new entry is at No4 for Justin Bieber with ‘Believe Acoustic’, an album of acoustic versions of the songs on his third album ‘Believe’, plus three new songs – and in the wake of this release, the original ‘Believe’ is a re-entry at No41. Fleetwood Mac return to the Top 30 this week with two albums: a 35th Anniversary deluxe edition of their classic ‘Rumours’ album at No12 and their ‘Greatest Hits’ at No19. The only other new entry in the Top 20 is at No15 for Andrea Bocelli with a new love songs collection ‘Passione’ – his twelfth solo album to make the Irish Top 20, nearly sixteen years after the first of these ‘Romanza’ reached No1. & Britney Spears hold at No1 on the Singles Chart for a third consecutive with ‘Scream & Shout’, ahead of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ (feat. Mikky Ekko) which climbs a place to No2 and this week’s highest new entry - Avicii vs. Nicky Romero with ‘I Could be the One’ - which enters at No3. It’s Avicii’s third appearance in the Top 3, following ‘Collide’ (with Leona Lewis) and ‘Levels’ which both stalled at No3, but it’s Nicky Romero’s first, aside from numerous remix credits. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue to make progress on two fronts, up from No13 to No9 with ‘Thrift Shop’ and up from No24 to No21 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’.

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