Four Five Seconds First


After seven weeks in the Top Ten Rihanna finally makes it to the top of the Singles Chart this week with 'Four Five Seconds' - accompanied by Kanye West & Paul McCartney.

Although not far behind, Ellie Goulding has to settle for No2 with 'Love Me Like You Do' - down from last week's No1. With no new entries in this week's Top 50 it is down to the high climbers to provide some interest this week: Sam Smith & John Legend's Comic Relief effort 'Lay Me Down' climbs ten places from No14 to enter the Top 10 at No4, while Mumford & Sons take 'Believe' from No58 into the Top 20 at No20. This is the lead track from their forthcoming third album 'Wilder Mind' and it's their fourth hit single in Ireland.

Hozier is this week's winner in the Album stakes as his self titled release goes back to No1, up from No4, for a third stint at the top making a total of 7 weeks at No1. Ed Sheeran drops a place with 'X' while Sam Smith holds steady at No3 with 'In The Lonely Hour'. Unlike this week's Singles Chart the Album Chart sees a healthy injection of new releases - four in the Top 10. The highest of these is for Marina & The Diamonds whose third release 'Froot' enters at No4 - outperforming 2010's 'The Family Jewels' which debuted at No9 but not a match for 2012's 'Electra Heart' which went straight in at No1. The second new entry is at No7 for industry icon Van Morrison with 'Duets' - a collection of songs from his back catalogue re-worked with new duet partners. The third new entry is from another industry veteran, Mark Knopfler, who releases his eighth solo album (excluding his soundtracks) 'Tracker' and gets a No8 placing. This is by far his best chart placing as a solo artist - his previous peak was No19 for 'Sailing to Philadelphia' in 2000. Completing the quartet of new entries in this week's Top Ten is Kendrick Lamar at No10 with 'To Pimp A Butterfly' - his third studio release and his best performance on this chart to-date.

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