Happy Memories For 1D


Despite a Monday release, One Direction's third album 'Midnight Memories' debuts at No1 on this week's Album Chart with the highest week 1 sales tally of the year so far. Even more impressively, it's the fastest-selling album in Ireland since U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' back in March 2009 (based on sales in the first four days of release).

Less than 200 sales separate the next three titles: Kodaline climb two places to No2, Eminem drops to No3 after three weeks on top and Robbie Williams dips to No4 after arriving at No2 last week. Gary Barlow claims the second new entry of the week with his first solo album in fourteen years 'Since I Saw You Last' at No5. His first solo album 'Open Road' made No1 in 1997, but the follow-up 'Twelve Months, Eleven Days' failed to make the chart. His 2012 release with The Commonwealth Band 'Sing' reached No61. This week's third new entry is at No7 for Boyzone with 'BZ20', their fifth studio album, but the first to miss out on a No1 debut. There's a re-entry at No9 for Olly Murs with 'Right Time, Right Place', thanks to the new special edition with tour DVD. On initial release this time last year, the album debuted at No3 and spent six weeks in the Top 10.


Lily Allen takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Somewhere Only We Know', ahead of One Direction's 'Story Of My Life' at No2 and Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' at No3. The highest new entry is at No5 for Calvin Harris, Alesso & Hurts with 'Under Control' - a seventeenth appearance on this chart for Calvin Harris, but the first for both collaborators Alesso and Hurts. The Original Rudeboys have the next new entry at No9 with 'Never Gonna Walk Away' - their third and most successful hit single to date, following 'Stars In Their Eyes' (No18 in 2011) and 'Travelling Man' (No23 in 2012). McFly also get a Top 20 new entry as 'Love Is On The Radio' scrapes in at No20 - a better showing than last year's 'Love Is Easy' which stalled at No40.

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