Hozier Takes The Lead


Hozier storms straight to the top of this week's Album Chart with his eagerly awaited first full-length release 'Hozier' - and it's the fastest selling album of the year so far.

This gives him his first ever Irish Number One having previously taken two singles to the runners-up position - 'Take Me To Church' reached No2 last October and 'From Eden' reached No2 in April this year. All three of his single releases still reside in the Top 40 this week. Leonard Cohen has the next new entry, taking the No2 spot for his latest release 'Popular Problems'. This, his thirteenth studio album, was released to coincide with his 80th birthday and its performance matches that of his last release, 2012's 'Old Ideas' which also debuted at No2. Last week's No1, The Script's 'No Sound Without Silence', drops to No3 while indie rockers Alt-J claim the third new entry with their second album 'This Is All Yours' at No4. This is an improvement on 2012's 'An Awesome Wave' which peaked at No11 after winning the Mercury Music Prize that year. The fourth and final new entry in this week's Top 10 goes to Aphex Twin for his latest release 'Syro' which debuts at No7 giving him his first ever Irish Top 10 placing.

There is no change at the top of this week's Singles Chart as Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz take a fourth week at No1 with 'Prayer In C'. Meghan Trainor continues to climb steadily in the right direction, up two places this week with 'All About That Bass' to No2 while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj claim this week's highest new entry with their collaboration 'Bang Bang' entering at No3. The only other new entries in this week's Singles Chart come from Hozier who, along with his previously released singles, sees seven more tracks from his debut album enter the Top 100.

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