Elbow Land At Number One


Elbow debut at No1 on this week's Album Chart with their sixth studio album 'The Take Off and Landing Of Everything'. Their previous two releases both made the Top 10, 'Seldom Seen Kid' reached No9 in 2008 and 'Build A Rocket Boys!' reached No2 in 2011, but this is the band's first Irish No1.

Ellie Goulding remains at No2 with 'Halcyon Days', holding her place in the Top 3 since the beginning of January this year, while Beyoncé climbs from No5 to No3 on the back of four nights at the O2 Dublin this week. Last week's big new releases both fall back, as Pharrell's 'G I R L' dips from No3 to No5 and Nathan Carter's 'The Wagon Wheels Show - Live' crashes from No1 to No6. Hackney chanteuse Paloma Faith has this week's second new entry with her third album 'A Perfect Contradiction' at No8 - a new personal best on this chart, following a No26 peak for 'Do You Want The Truth...' in 2009 and a No10 peak for 'Fall From Grace' in 2012. Their critically-acclaimed third album 'The English Riviera' failed to make an impression on the Irish Chart, but this week Metronomy finally make an appearance as their fourth album 'Love Letters' debuts at No12 - fifteen years after the band formed in 1999. The fourth and final new entry in this week's Top 20 is at No17 for The Voice Of Ireland (series 2) winner Keith Hanley with his debut 'Hush'.

Pharrell Williams takes a ninth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Happy' (from Despicable Me 2) - and in the process he joins an elite group of artists who have spent more than eight weeks at No1 on the Irish Singles Chart. He's the fourteenth member of the club, although Celine Dion and Black Eyed Peas have both achieved this feat twice. With Clean Bandit and Katy Perry non-movers at No2 and No3 respectively, Enrique Iglesias claims this week's highest new entry at No4 with 'I'm A Freak' (feat. Pitbull). This is his sixteenth Top 30 appearance in fifteen years, and his ninth in the Top 10, but compared with the next new entrant he's a relative new boy....Kylie Minogue lands at No9 with her 39th hit single 'Into The Blue'. This comes twenty-six years after her first hit 'I Should Be So Lucky' made it to No1. Alan Hayes completes the trio of brand new entries in this week's Top 20 with his charity single 'Survivor' at No15, as performed on The Late Late Show and raising funds for suicide prevention.

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