Sam's The Man


Nine months since release last year, Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' finally makes it to the top of the Irish Album Chart this week, having spent the entire nine months in the Top 10 without reaching the summit.

Kodaline dip to No2 after debuting at No1 last week with 'Coming Up For Air', less than fifty sales behind Sam Smith. Las Vegas indie quartet Imagine Dragons claim this week's highest new entry at No6 with their second album 'Smoke + Mirrors', the follow-up to 'Night Visions' which debuted at No9 on this chart two years ago and rose as high as No3 after spawning four hit singles. The second new entry of the week is at No13 for Drake with 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late', variously described as either a commercial mixtape or a fourth studio album, released exclusively as a download through iTunes. The third and final new entry in this week's Top 30 is for Charli XCX with 'Sucker' at No17, two years after her debut 'True Romance' failed to make the chart.

Ellie Goulding makes it three weeks in a row at No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Love Me Like You Do', not just ahead on sales but also for the first time this week she's ahead on streams as well. She heads a Top 6 unchanged since last week, with Mark Ronson holding at No2 ahead of Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Sia and Hozier. Following his performance on The Late Late Show, James Bay soars from No52 to No10 with 'Hold Back The River' to mark his Irish Top 30 debut. Highest new entry of the week is at No31 for Florence + The Machine with 'What Kind Of Man', the lead track from her forthcoming third studio album 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' scheduled for release in May.

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