High Spirits


Coldplay's sixth studio release 'Ghost Stories' debuts on top of this week's Album Chart, their fifth consecutive No1 album in Ireland.

Their first album 'Parachutes' debuted at No10 back in 2000 and subsequently peaked at No2, but the next four have amassed a combined total of fifteen weeks at the top. Imelda May takes a second week at No2 with 'Tribal', while last week's No1, Mick Flannery's 'By The Rule', drops two places to No3. Twenty years ago Oasis arrived at No9 on this chart with 'Definitely Maybe' and this week they return at No8 with a re-mastered special edition of their classic debut album. Just behind at No10 is the next new entry, R.E.M.'s 'Unplugged: 1991 & 2001 Complete Sessions'. This is their third live album to make the Top 20, following 'R.E.M. Live' (No3 in 2007) and 'Live At The Olympia' (No12 in 2009).

Unusually for the Irish Singles Chart, there's a sixth different No1 in as many weeks. Sam Smith lands in pole position with his second release 'Stay With Me', his first Irish No1 and an improvement on the No4 peak for his solo debut 'Money On My Mind'. John Legend holds at No2 with former No1 'All Of Me', ahead of Mr. Probz who climbs to a new high of No3 with 'Waves'. Coldplay's 'A Sky Full Of Stars' is the next new entry at No11, while Clean Bandit are new at No21 with 'Extraordinary' (feat. Sharna Bass), the follow-up to their former No1 'Rather Be'. Just missing out on a Top 30 placing are Jedward whose new single 'Free Spirit' enters at No31.

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