Punk Rocks


Hot on the heels of their No1 single ‘Get Lucky’, Daft Punk debut on top of the Album Chart this week with their fourth studio album ‘Random Access Memories’ – their first No1 album in Ireland and the fastest-selling album outside the Christmas period since Jedward’s ‘Victory’ nearly two years ago.

It’s another strong week for new entries with four inside the Top 10, and in most other weeks Cincinnati indie band The National would have celebrated their first No1, but in the face of Daft Punk’s avalanche of sales they land at No2 with their seventh album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ – one better than the No3 peak for their previous release ‘High Violet’ three years ago. With Little Green Cars’ ‘Absolute Zero’ and Rod Stewart’s ‘Time’ slipping to No3 and No4 respectively, Demi Lovato has the third new entry of the week at No5 with her fourth album ‘Demi’. Neither of her first two albums charted in Ireland and her third ‘Unbroken’ reached No44 last year, so this is a major advance for the American singer/actress. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s chart is at No7 for Thirty Seconds To Mars with their fourth album ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’. As with Demi Lovato, their first two albums failed to chart in Ireland and the third was a minor hit (reaching No51 in 2010), so again, album No4 represents a major breakthrough.

Robin Thicke holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with ‘Blurred Lines’, but it’s Eurovision that makes most of the other headlines this week. Saturday’s winner from Denmark Emmelie de Forest has this week’s highest new entry at No5 with ‘Only Teardrops’ and Ireland’s Ryan Dolan soars from No29 to No13 with ‘Only Love Survives’ despite a poor showing on the night. The only other Eurovision song to make the Irish Top 40 this week is Sweden’s entry ‘You’ by Robin Stjernberg at No31, although last year’s winning song, Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’, returns to the chart at No29.

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