High Five For Hozier


Hozier holds at No1 on the Album Chart for a fifth consecutive week since release, the first album to pass the 4-week mark since One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' last December.

Ed Sheeran's 'X' swaps places with U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' (No2 and No3 respectively), while metal legends Slipknot claim this week's highest new entry at No4 with '.5: The Gray Chapter' - their fifth studio album in fifteen years. Their 1999 debut 'Slipknot' failed to chart in Ireland, but the subsequent four have all now debuted in the Top 5. The second of four new entries in the Top 10 is at No5 for Ben Howard with his second album 'I Forget Where We Were'. After a slow start his debut album 'Every Kingdom' peaked at No13 in July last year, nearly a year after release. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Neil Diamond continues to make a mark on the charts, landing at No8 with his 32nd studio album 'Melody Road'. This is his best showing on this chart since 2008, when 'Home Before Dark' reached No5. The fourth new entry of the week is at No9 for Paddy Casey with his first ever compilation 'Songbook'.

Meghan Trainor takes a fourth week at the top of the Singles Chart with 'All About That Bass', ahead of Ed Sheeran who takes another week at No2 with 'Thinking Out Loud'. Damo & Ivor, the comic creation of Andrew Quirke, have this week's highest new entry at No14 with 'Proud To Be Irish' - their fourth hit single following 'Everybodys Drinkin' (No6), 'Big Box Little Box' (No26) and 'Maniac 2012' (No15). The only other new entry in this week's Top 50 is for Dublin duo Hudson Taylor with 'Chasing Rubies' at No50, just behind their previous best - No36 for their 'Osea' EP a year ago.

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