The Kings of Leon hold on to their place at the top of this week’s Album Chart as ‘Mechanical Bull’ takes a second week at No1, outselling Arctic Monkeys whose ‘AM’ is also a non-mover at No2.
Justin Timberlake takes the first of four new entries in this week’s Top 30, entering at No3 with ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’. This is the follow-up to his release in March this year of the first part of ‘The 20/20 Experience’ which debuted at No1. He is closely followed by the second new entry, Haim, whose debut album release ‘Days Are Gone’ is new at No4 while Kodaline drop two places with ‘In A Perfect World’ to complete the Top 5. American rockers Alter Bridge also make their debut in the Irish Top 30 as their fourth studio release ‘Fortress’ enters at No16 – 2004’s ‘One Day Remains’ and 2007’s ‘Blackbird’ made no impact on the chart while 2010’s ‘AB III’ stalled at No66. The fourth new entry is for John Spillane who takes his latest release ‘Life In An Irish Town’, songs from his TG4 series Spillane an Fánaí, into the Chart at No26, just ahead of Bell X1 who re-enter at No27 after seeing a surge in sales for ‘Chop Chop’ following their appearance on The Late Late Show last Friday.
Katy Perry continues to hold off the competition as ‘Roar’ takes a fifth consecutive week at No1 ahead of Miley Cyrus who remains steady at No2 with ‘Wrecking Ball’. The week’s highest new entry goes to Lorde, who, having topped the Charts in her native New Zealand and the US, makes her debut in the Irish Chart at No3 with ‘Royals’. Jason Mraz see his 2012 hit ‘I Won’t Give Up’ back in the Top 10 at No9 for the first time in exactly a year after being performed in last week’s X-Factor Bootcamp auditions. As well as holding the top spot, Katy Perry claims the next new entry at No13 with her latest release ‘Walking On Air’ – the third track taken from her forthcoming album ‘Prism’. New kids on the block Hozier and The Vamps both make their debut on this chart as Hoziers’ ‘Take Me To Church’ enters at No20 and The Vamps ‘Can We Dance’ enters at No21.