On the strength of his sold out dates at Dublin’s O2 this week, Michael Bublé returns to the No1 spot on the Album Chart to give him a fifth week at the top for ‘To Be Loved’ – and in the process equals Emeli Sandé’s previous record for 2013 whose ‘Our Version Of Events’ also had five weeks at No1 back in February.
Kodaline ‘s ‘In A Perfect World’ drops down to No2 from last week’s No1 while Bruce Springsteen also benefits from his live performances in Limerick and Cork this week : his latest hits compilation ‘Collection: 1973-2012’ moves back up to No3 from last week’s No8, his 1995 original ‘Greatest Hits’ climbs back into the Top 10 at No6 while his last studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ climbs to No12 from last week’s No51. Jay-Z drops two places to No4 with ‘Magna Carta…Holy Grail’ while the first of this week’s new entries, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ scrapes into the Top 5 at No5. This is Robin’s sixth studio album since his first release ‘A Beautiful World’ ten years ago and the first to make any impact on the Irish Chart. The Pet Shop Boys claim this week’s next new entry at No18 with their latest studio album ‘Electric’ and their first on independent label X2 – a better showing for them than last year’s ‘Elysium’ which debuted and peaked at No23, while Cody Simpson completes the trio of new entries in this week’s Top 30 with his second studio album ‘Surfers Paradise’ – which enters at No29.
Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ holds firmly onto the No1 spot on the Singles Chart this week for a third week holding off competition from Robin Thicke whose ‘Blurred Lines’ is stationary at No2 also for a third week. John Newman’s ‘Love Me Again’ moves up a place to No3 swapping place with Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ which finishes the week at No4. Selena Gomez takes this week’s highest new entry at No6 with ‘Come & Get It’ – the first track to be taken from her forthcoming solo album – and a place higher than her only other appearance in this chart in 2010 with ‘Naturally’ (with The Scene) which debuted and stalled at No7. Lucy Spraggan has the next new entry at No21 with ‘Lighthouse’ – this is also her second appearance in the Irish Singles chart – 2012’s ‘Last Night’ made it to No16, while Ireland’s Big September make their debut in the chart with the third new entry in the Top 30 as ‘Moneyman’ lands at No24