Kodaline take a second week at the top of this week’s Singles Chart with their ‘High Hopes EP’ holding off a challenge from Pink’s ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ which climbs back up to No2 from last week’s No4, while Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’ holds steady at No3.
Passenger drops two places to No4 with ‘Let Her Go’ as Justin Timberlake continues his climb up the charts taking ‘Mirrors’ into the Top 5 at No5. In a week lacking in new releases Ant & Dec get an unexpected return to the charts at No32 for their 1994 hit ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble’. Originally recorded under their alter-egos - P.J. & Duncan – they performed the track last weekend on their prime time TV show ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ leading to a surge in download sales.
This week’s Album Chart also sees no change at the top as Justin Timberlake holds on to a clear lead with ‘The 20/20 Experience’ for a second week. Twenty two years after their first album release, Depeche Mode release their twenty third studio album – ‘Delta Machine’ – their first for their new home Columbia Records – and gain this week’s highest new entry at No2. This is a slight improvement on their last release, 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe’ which debuted at No3. The Strokes also achieve a Top 10 placing for their new release – ‘Comedown Machine’ which enters at No9 – their lowest debut placing to date – their previous four albums all debuted in the Top 4. Ireland’s Lumiere also make their first ever appearance in the Irish Top 30 as their second album ‘My Dearest Dear’ enters at No 23 while OneRepublic achieve the fourth of this week’s five new entries in the Top 30 with ‘Native’ entering at No25. Eric Clapton takes the fifth new entry at No 28 with ‘Old Socks’. His twentieth solo studio album which includes covers of his favourite songs in celebration of 50 years since his first appearance on a recording - with the Yardbirds in 1963.