Both the Singles and Album Chart see a new No1 this week. Bastille take the honours on the Singles Chart with ‘Pompeii’ - the fourth track taken from their debut album and the first to chart – halting its two week drop to climb to the top from last week’s No4.
Pink drops back to No2 after one week at No1 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ while Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ also drops a place to No3. We The Kings make their first ever appearance in the Irish Chart with their latest single ‘Just Keep Breathing’ entering the chart at No24 and claiming this week’s highest new entry while Paramore gain a Top 30 placing taking ‘Still Into You’ back into the chart after an absence of two weeks - back in at No25. The only other new entry to make the Top 40 is a surprise entry at No33 for Judy Garland and the Wizard Of Oz cast with ‘Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ – the result of a Facebook campaign reacting to the death on Monday of Margaret Thatcher. Originally recorded in 1939 and the best performing of several versions of the song that are selling this week (the other most notable seller being by Ella Fitzgerald) the recording is the oldest to enter the Top 40.
For the second time in a row Paramore take their latest album straight to the top of the Album Chart. In 2009 ‘Brand New Eyes’ entered the chart at No1 and so too does their self-titled fourth studio release - ‘Paramore’. James Blake takes the next new entry with his second album ‘Overgrown’ which enters at No24 – not quite a match for 2011’s eponymous release which debuted at No11, while Sweden’s Knife also get a Top 30 hit at No30 with ‘Shaking The Habitual’ – the first of their four albums to ever chart in Ireland. Kurt Vile also makes his debut on the Irish Album Chart with his fifth solo album – ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze’ being the fourth new entry this week at No33, while Brendan Grace, more commonly known for his comedy releases, completes the entries into the Top 40 with his latest release of Irish Ballads - ‘Songs For The Gathering’ - entering at No37.