James Keeps The Rest At Bay


For the first time in 18 months there's a chart double-top, as James Bay climbs from No6 to No1 on the Singles Chart with 'Hold Back The River' and he lands at No1 on Album Chart with his debut 'Chaos And The Calm'. In doing so he fulfils the promise predicted by his Brits Critics Choice Award (2015) - the illustrious list of previous winners includes Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

James Bay is one of six new entries in this week's Top 30 Album Chart, the second of which arrives at No12 for Laura Marling with 'Short Movie'. This is her fifth album, and the fourth consecutive Top 20 placing. Just behind at No14 are sibling trio The Staves with 'If I Was', the follow-up to 'Dead & Born & Grown' which debuted and peaked a No28 in 2012. For Seasick Steve it's a fifth consecutive Top 30 album this week, as 'Sonic Soul Surfer' debuts at No25, ahead of the fifth new entry - Courtney Barnett at No28 with 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'. The sixth and final newcomer to this week's chart is at No30 for Kylie Minogue with 'Kiss Me Once - Live At The SSE Hydro' - her sixth live album, but the first to make the Irish Chart.

With James Bay claiming the top spot on the Singles Chart, Rihanna slips to No2 after just one week at No1 with 'Four Five Seconds'. Omi climbs to a new high this week, up from No8 to No3 with 'Cheerleader'. This week's highest new entry is at No11 for Jess Glynne with 'Hold My Hand'. She's charted on three separate occasions as a featured artist, including a No1 with Clean Bandit on 'Rather Be', but this is her first solo appearance on this chart. The only other new entry in the Top 50 is at No47 for Kendrick Lamar with 'King Kunta' from his acclaimed 'To Pimp A Butterfly' album.

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