Arctic Freeze


Arctic Monkeys take a second week at No1 on the Album Chart this week with ‘AM’, heading a Top 3 unchanged since last week – The Strypes hold at No2 with ‘Snapshot’ and Kodaline are non-movers at No3 with ‘In A Perfect World’.

Two new entries arrive just behind the leading pack: Avicii is at No4 with his first studio album ‘True’ and Manic Street Preachers are at No5 with their eleventh studio album ‘Rewind The Film’. This is the Welsh veterans’ eighth consecutive Top 20 album – the most successful to-date was album No5 ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ which spent five weeks at No1 in 1998. However, The Manics’ album tally pales in comparison with the next new entry…Elton John enters at No14 with his 31st studio album ‘The Diving Board’. It’s forty-four years since the release of his debut ‘The Empty Sky’ in 1969 and this is his first studio album to make the Irish Top 20 since 1997, when ‘The Big Picture’ reached No16. The fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No18 for Placebo with ‘Loud Like Love’, maintaining their 100% hit-rate, with all seven studio albums debuting in the Irish Top 40.

Katy Perry holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a third week with ‘Roar’, denying Jason Derulo his first Irish No1 – ‘Talk Dirty’ (feat. 2 Chainz) lands at No2. This is his tenth appearance on this chart and his best position yet, ahead of the No3 peak for both ‘It Girl’ in 2011 and ‘In My Head’ in 2009. With Miley Cyrus moving up two places from No5 to No3, Birdy has the next new entry at No4 with ‘Wings’ – and her only other Irish hit single ‘Skinny Love’ re-enters at No28, having previously peaked at No27 seven weeks ago. With his previous single ‘Wake Me Up’ down from No2 to No6, Avicii’s follow-up ‘You Make Me’ arrives at No10 this week, his fifth appearance in the Top 10 in two years. Jessie J claims the fourth new entry of the week with her ninth hit ‘It’s My Party’ at No12, while Britney Spears debuts at No13 with ‘Work B***ch!’ – her twenty-ninth Irish hit in fourteen years.

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