Nathan Rolls Up To No1

07/Mar/2014

Nathan Carter lands at No1 on this week's Album Chart with 'The Wagon Wheel Show - Live', his second Irish No1 album in less than a year, following 'Where I Wanna Be' (August 2013). This is the first live album to reach the summit since 2007, when Bruce Springsteen's 'Live In Dublin' spent one week at the top.


Ellie Goulding dips to No2 with 'Halcyon Days', ahead of this week's next new entry - Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' at No3. This is his second solo album, and arrives eight years after the release of his first 'In My Mind' which reached No21 in 2006. A year after debuting at No29, John Grant's 'Pale Green Ghosts' returns to the chart this week at a new high of No16 - fuelled by his Irish tour which takes in Dublin, Belfast, Galway & Cork. There's also a return to the Top 20 for Villagers, whose 'Awayland' climbs from No49 to No17 following the Meteor Choice Music Prize for best Irish album of 2013.

Following his performance at The Oscars this week, Pharrell Williams returns to No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Happy' (from Despicable Me 2) - his eighth week at No1 with this song. Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be' drops to No2 after two weeks at the top, ahead of Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' at No3 and a resurgent Hozier, up from No9 to No4 with 'Take Me To Church'. Lily Allen claims this week's highest new entry at No8 with 'Air Balloon', her fifth Top 10 single in Ireland over a period of eight years. Jess Glynne, the featured singer on Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be', makes a second appearance in the chart this week - as featured artist on Route 94's 'My Love', new at No19. Finally, Coldplay make a return to the Singles Chart at No20 with 'Magic' - the first track from their forthcoming sixth studio album 'Ghost Stories', scheduled for release in May.


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