In the Thicke of it


Robin Thicke, with support from T.I and Pharrell Williams, takes a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Blurred Lines’, heading a Top 4 unchanged since last week – Daft Punk at No2, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at No3 and Rudimental at No4.

Jennifer Lopez has this week’s highest new entry at No13 with ‘Live It Up’, her third single featuring Pitbull following ‘On The Floor’ (No1 in 2011) and ‘Dance Again’ (No12 last year).  Also new to the Top 30 this week is Olly Murs who climbs from No32 to No15 with ‘Dear Darlin’, his eighth Irish hit single since finishing as X Factor runner-up in 2009.  There’s a slew of re-entries in the lower echelons of this week’s chart, but the only other new entry in the Top 30 is at No23 for Jessie J with ‘Wild’ (feat. Dizzee Rascal & Big Sean). As with Olly Murs, it’s her eighth Irish hit single, although unlike Olly two of her previous hits reached No1 (‘Price Tag’ and ‘Domino’).

There’s no change at the top of the Album Chart with Daft Punk taking a second week on top with ‘Random Access Memories’ ahead of The National at No2 with ‘Trouble Will Find Me’.  Prolific English folk musician Laura Marling claims this week’s highest new entry with her fourth album in five years ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ at No3 – a new personal best on this chart, eclipsing the No8 peak in 2011 for her previous release ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’.  Bruno Mars has this week’s highest climber with ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ up seventeen places from No23 to No6 following his appearance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Derry where he played the closing set on Sunday night.  There are two more new entries further down the Top 30 rankings: Alice In Chains at No24 with their fifth studio album ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ and Stooshe at No30 with their debut release ‘London With The Lights On’.

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