Harry & The Boys Hold On To Their Crown

13/Dec/2013

One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' remains firmly in place at the top of the Album Chart again this week - still far outselling all the competition.


With just three week's of sales so far the album is already the second best selling album of the year (behind Emeli Sande's 'Our Version Of Events') and poised to become the year's best-seller by next week's Christmas Chart. Robbie Williams takes a second week at No2 with 'Swings Both Ways' as Gary Barlow's 'Since I Saw You Last' climbs two places to No3. Christy Moore's 'Where I Come From' moves up two places back to No4 while Eminem drops two places with his 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' to complete the Top 5. Michael Bubl makes quite an impression on this week's chart after his performance on last Saturday's X-Factor semi-finals as 'Christmas' climbs 11 places back up to No6 and 'To Be Loved' leaps 25 places back into the Top 10 at No9.

The Singles Chart also has a non-mover at the top as Lily Allen takes a fourth week at No1 with 'Somewhere Only We Know'. Bastille hold steady at No2 with 'Of The Night' while Hozier changes direction - back up to No3 with 'Take Me To Church'. One Direction's 'Story Of My Life' drops to No4 while Avicii climbs 4 places with 'Hey Brother' to enter the top 5 for the first time with this track. Twenty-six years after the original release, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl make their annual appearance in the Top 10 with 'Fairytale Of New York' moving up to No8 from No16 - a slightly better showing than last year when it peaked at No9. Pharrell makes his first appearance in the Irish Top 10 as a solo artist with his track 'Happy', taken from the soundtrack of 'Despicable 2', which enters at No10 while a few other Christmas regulars improve their performances this year: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' climbs from No25 to No14 (No22 last year), Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' climbs from No51 to No31 (No37 last year) and Wham's 'Last Christmas' comes into the Top 40 at No38 this week (No42 last year).



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