High Hopes Hits the Heights


Bruce Springsteen's eighteenth studio album 'High Hopes' debuts at No1 on this week's Album Chart - his fourth consecutive No1 album in Ireland and his seventh of the century.

Four years after his debut album 'Early In The Morning' entered the chart at No30, Dublin singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow lands at No2 with the follow-up 'Post Tropical'. Ellie Goulding slips to No3 after two weeks on top with 'Halcyon Days', ahead of Beyoncé at No4 and Kodaline at No5. The third and final new entry of the week is at No17 for Gregory Porter with his Blue Note debut 'Liquid Spirit' - his third album and the first to make the chart. Originally released back in September last year, the album's sales were boosted by his appearance on Friday's Late Late Show.

The Singles Chart remains fairly static again this week, with Pharrell Williams taking a third week at No1 with 'Happy', Pitbull & Ke$ha holding at No2 with 'Timber' and Avicii steady at No3 with 'Hey Brother'. The highest new entry of the week is at No17 for Shakira & Rihanna with 'Can't Remember To Forget You' - Shakira's first appearance in the chart since the summer of 2010 when her South Africa World Cup anthem 'Waka Waka' reached No10.  Idina Menzel gets her first ever solo appearance in the Top 20 with 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen soundtrack climbing from No33 to No20.

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