Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ debuts at the top of this week’s Album Chart, a third consecutive No1 for the Montreal band following the equivalent success of ‘Neon Bible’ in 2007 and ‘The Suburbs’ in 2010.
Katy Perry dips to No2 with ‘Prism’ after a week on top, ahead of Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’, a non-mover at No3. At the age of sixteen Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, has already made No1 in USA, Canada, UK , Ireland and her native New Zealand with her debut single ‘Royals’ – and this week her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ arrives at No4 on the Album Chart just a few days before her seventeenth birthday. The third new entry of the week goes to Union J at No8 who release their self-titled debut album eleven months after they were eliminated from the 2012 X Factor semi-final, finishing in fourth place. By contrast the next new entry is at No10 for ex-boyband singer Derek Ryan (four Top 10 singles with D-Side ten years ago), now singing Irish country music on his fourth solo release ‘Country Soul’. This is a major breakthrough for the Co. Carlow singer, as his previous three albums failed to make the chart. The fifth and final new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No20 for Sharon Shannon with her ‘21 – The Definitive’ collection. Her previous greatest hits album ‘The Galway Girl – The Best Of’ reached No1 five years ago.
One Direction land at No1 on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘Story Of My Life’ – their tenth Top 10 single in Ireland and their fourth No1 in just over two years. Hozier holds at No2 for a second week with ‘Take Me To Church’, just ahead of Lorde at No3 and Katy Perry at No4. A week ahead of the release of ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’, Eminem releases a track off the album - ‘The Monster’ (feat. Rihanna) – which takes the second new entry of the week at No6. In a similar vein, a week ahead of the release of her third album ‘Artpop’, Lady Gaga takes her third single off the album into the Top 20 as ‘Venus’ enters at No13. There are two more new entries in this week’s Top 20: The Wanted at No18 with ‘Show Me Love (America)’ and Sinead O’Connor at No19 with ‘This Is A Rebel Song’ – a song from her 1997 ‘Gospel Oak’ EP which soundtracked Dano’s death scene in Love/Hate at the weekend.