In a competitive Album Chart there are six new entries in the Top 20 and there’s an all-new Top 3, but Dublin’s Little Green Cars see off all-comers, racing straight to the top with their debut release ‘Absolute Zero’.
Vampire Weekend land in the runners-up spot with their third album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, but by way of consolation this a new personal best for the New York band, ahead of the No4 peak for their previous album ‘Contra’ in 2010. With his first new material since 2001’s ‘Human’, Rod Stewart completes the trio of new entries at the top with ‘Time’ at No3. Over the past decade he’s released eight cover albums of classic old songs, including five ‘American Songbook’ releases, but the only one to make the Top 5 was last year’s ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ which peaked at No5. Gabrielle Aplin claims the fourth new entry at No11 with her debut album ‘English Rain’, three places ahead of rock veterans Primal Scream who are new at No16 with their tenth studio release ‘More Light’. Their previous album ‘Beautiful Future’ debuted and peaked at No36 in 2008, but their other recent releases all made the Top 20. The sixth and final new entry of the week is at No18 for Abba legend Agnetha Faltskog with ‘A’, her first release since 2004 when ‘My Colouring Book’ reached No57 on the Irish Album Chart.
After climbing from No13 to No2 last week, Robin Thicke completes his journey to the top of the Singles Chart this week with ‘Blurred Lines’ (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) rising to No1. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ dips to No2 after three weeks on top, one place ahead of the week’s highest new entry for Demi Lovato with ‘Heart Attack’ at No3 – a huge advance on her only other Irish hits, ‘This Is Me’ (No27 in 2008) and ‘La La Land’ (No30 in 2009). He was the highest new entry last week and this week he’s the highest climber in the Top 30 – Chris Malinchak leaps nine places from No19 to No10 with ‘So Good To Me’. There are two other newcomers into this week’s Top 30 - Ke$ha who moves up to No25 with ‘Crazy Kids’ (feat. Will.i.am), her tenth appearance in this chart, the first of which was as a featured artist on Flo Rida’s No1 ‘Right Round’ four years ago, and Ryan Dolan, who after qualifying for this weekend’s Eurovision Final, takes Ireland's entry ‘Only Love Survives’ into the Top 30 at No29.