U2 R2

17/Oct/2014

In the wake of their controversial iTunes giveaway, U2 debut at No2 on this week's Album Chart with the CD/LP release of their thirteenth studio album 'Songs Of Innocence'.


They fall short of No1 for the first time in more than 30 years as they fail to topple their Island label-mate Hozier, who takes a fourth consecutive week at the top with his self-titled debut album. Ed Sheeran's 'X' slips from No2 to No3, ahead of the next new entry at No4 for 2012 X Factor contestant Ella Henderson with her debut release 'Chapter One'. In a good week for Irish artists the third new entry arrives at No5 for Delorentos with their fourth album, and major label debut, 'Night Becomes Light'. All four have debuted in the Top 10, including peak performer 'You Can Make Sound' which came in at No2 in 2009. The fourth and final new entry in this week's Top 10 is at No10 for Tommy Fleming with 'The West's Awake'. In a solo career spanning more than eighteen years, this is his seventh Top 10 album in Ireland - and the fourteenth to make the Top 30.

Meghan Trainor's reign at the top of the Singles Chart with 'All About That Bass' extends to three weeks, denying One Direction a fifth No1 debut on this chart. 'Steal My Girl', the first track from their forthcoming fourth album 'Four', lands at No3. There are three more brand new entries in this week's Top 50: the first is at No42 for UK pop quartet The Vamps with their fifth single 'Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)' - their version of Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 classic 'Cecilia'. The next is at No46 for Charli XCX with 'Break The Rules' while Eminem debuts at No48 with 'Guts Over Fear' (feat. Sia).


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