Lily Allen in Pole Position


With just two weeks to go until the Christmas Chart, Lily Allen takes a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with her John Lewis ad-theme 'Somewhere Only We Know', well and truly eclipsing the No30 peak for Keane's original version of the song back in 2004.

Bastille climb for a second consecutive week with 'Of The Night' moving up four places to No2, just ahead of One Direction's 'Story Of My Life' which dips one place to No3. This week's highest new entry at No7 goes to the Presentation Secondary School of Clonmel with their self-composed track 'My Hero'. Written in memory of a former teacher, it was produced for RTE's Big Music Week. Walking On Cars claim the next new entry at No8 with their independently-released 'Tick Tock' - their third hit of the year following 'Catch Me If You Can' (No27) and 'Two Stones' (No12). Three months after 'Wake Me Up' spent seven weeks at the top, Avicii makes a fifth appearance in the Irish Top 10 with 'Hey Brother' leaping nine places from No18 to No9 - but he's not the week's highest climber. That honour goes to the perennial Christmas classic 'Fairytale Of New York', up from No39 to No16 for The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl. U2 return to the Singles Chart after a four year break at No23 with 'Ordinary Love', their contribution to the new Mandela movie soundtrack. Their last appearance was with 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight' which reached No7 in September 2009.

One Direction remain at No1 on the Album Chart with 'Midnight Memories', which outsells the nearest rival by a factor of more than 5:1. Robbie Williams climbs back from No4 to No2 with 'Swings Both Ways', well clear of Eminem at No3 with 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' and Kodaline's 'In A Perfect World' at No4. Following his No1 single earlier in the year with The Hit's 'The Last Great Love Song', Finbar Furey has re-issued his 2011 album 'Colours' to include the single - and he climbs from No21 to No10 on this week's Album Chart, well ahead of the album's No68 peaks on original release two years ago. Britney Spears has the week's highest new entry at No15 with her eighth studio album 'Britney Jean'. Of the previous seven, the only one to make No1 was 2007's 'Blackout', although all seven made the Top 10.

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