Ed's On Song

16/May/2014

Three years and seven releases after his debut 'The A Team' reached No3, Ed Sheeran lands his first Irish No1 Single this week with his eighth solo release 'Sing'.


With John Legend's 'All Of Me' slipping to No2, The Coronas claim the second new entry of the week at No3 with 'All The Others', their first new material in over two years and only the second of their eight hits to make the Top 10 (following 'Addicted To Progress' which reached No7 in 2011). The impact of The Eurovision Song Contest on the chart this year is unprecedented, with 7 songs in the Top 40 (compared with 3 last year) and 19 songs in the Top 100 (compared with 8 last year). Leaping from No50 to No4, Dutch runners-up The Common Linnets prove to be the most successful on the Irish Chart with 'Calm After The Storm', six places ahead of the event's winner, Austria's Conchita Wurst who debuts at No10 with 'Rise Like A Phoenix'. Also performing well is the Swedish entry 'Undo' by Sanna Nielsen, No3 on the night and No21 on the chart.

With seven new entries in the Top 20, it's a week of transition on the Album Chart. Mick Flannery leads the pack, debuting at No1 with his fourth album 'By the Rule', his second No1 in Ireland following 'Red To Blue' which spent three weeks at the top two years ago. Imelda May drops one place to No2 after two weeks at the summit, followed at No3 by The Black Keys whose eighth studio album 'Turn Blue' arrives at No3. This is a new personal best on this chart for the duo from Akron, Ohio: their breakthrough sixth album 'Brothers' reached No46 in 2010 and the follow-up 'El Camino' climbed to No6 in 2012. Michael Jackson's second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks 'Xscape' is new at No4, well ahead of the No18 debut and peak of the previous album 'Michael' back in 2010. The fourth new entry in this week's Top 10 is at No6 for Bray 5-piece Big September, whose independently released debut 'Ballroom Addicts' lands at No6.


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