Boys Block Madonna


With Ed Sheeran back up to No1, Noel Gallagher at No2, Sam Smith at No3 and Hozier at No4, Madonna arrives at No5 with her thirteenth studio album 'Rebel Heart'.

Her previous two albums, 'MDNA' and 'Hard Candy' debuted at No1 on this chart in 2012 and 2008 respectively, although prior to that 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' (No3 in 2005) and 'American Life' (No7 in 2003) both missed out on the top spot. After picking up the Meteor Choice Music Prize for best Irish album last week, The Gloaming surge 27 places from No36 to No9 with their album of the same name. A critical and commercial success, the album debuted at No6 on this chart in January 2014, peaking at No4 in the following week - and has now spent 21 weeks in the Top 30. This week's second new entry is at No27 for Rebecca Ferguson with 'Lady Sings The Blues', her third Top 40 album since finishing runner-up behind Matt Cardle in the 2010 X Factor Final. The third and final new entry in this week's Top 40 is at No33 for Matthew E. White with his second solo release 'Fresh Blood' - an improvement on the No42 peak for previous release 'Big Inner' in 2013.

Ellie Goulding takes a sixth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Love Me Like You Do', still ahead of Rihanna's 'Four Five Seconds' at No2 but with a reduced margin. Ellie remains top on sales, but Rihanna's collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney is this week's most streamed track. Marking fifteen years since landing at No1 on this chart and spending ten weeks at the top, Mark McCabe's 'Maniac 2000' is a re-entry at No12 this week thanks to a high profile radio campaign. This classic anthem is the third best-selling single of the 21st century in Ireland, behind Six's 'There's A Whole Lot Of Loving Going On' and Matt Cardle's 'When We Collide'. Highest climber of the week is Flo Rida with 'G.D.F.R.' (feat. Sage The Gemini), up 21 places from No40 to No19 for a fifteenth appearance in the Top 20 over a period of seven years, including an impressive tally of six No1's.

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