R.A.M. Raid


Daft Punk hold off a handful of newcomers in this week’s Album Chart as they return to the No1 spot with ‘Random Access Memories’ after a week at No2.

Bruce Springsteen provides the nearest competition as he enters the chart at No2 with his latest compilation ‘Collection: 1973 - 2012’, the sixth collection of his career. His 1995 ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation remains one of the highest selling albums in Ireland ever, having spent nine years in the chart since release. Queens Of The Stone Age drop from last week’s No1 to No3 with ‘…Like Clockwork’ while Beady Eye claim the second of this week’s new entries with their second album ‘BE’ entering at No4 – a place short of 2011’s debut ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ which entered the chart at No3. Black Sabbath complete the Top 5 with a new entry for their nineteenth studio album ‘13’ – their first new material since ‘Forbidden’ in 1995 and the first to include Ozzy Osbourne since ‘Never Say Die’ in 1978. The fourth new entry to make this week’s Top 10 is for Boards Of Canada who enter at No7 with ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ – by far their best performance on this chart to date, ahead of their previous best ‘Geogaddi’ which debuted and peaked at No28 in 2002. The last of the five new entries in this week’s Top 30 goes to KT Tunstall’s ‘Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon’ which debuts at No30.

Robin Thicke (feat. T.I and Pharrell Williams) continues to lead the pack in this week’s Singles Chart as ‘Blurred Lines’ takes a fifth week at No1. Daft Punk are also non-movers at No2 with ‘Get Lucky’ while Naughty Boy (feat. Sam Smith) climbs three places with ‘La La La’ up to No3. Following their guest appearance in the final of Britain’s Got Talent last weekend, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran debut in the Top 10 at No6 with ‘Everything Has Changed’ while Jessie J’s ‘Wild’ and Olly Murs’ ‘Dear Darlin’ also move up into the Top 10 at No’s 9 & 10. In a week very short on new releases The Voice UK provides a new entry at No43 for Leah McFall with her cover version of ‘I Will Survive’ – the only one of this week’s releases from the show to trouble the chart.

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