Villagers Add Up To No1


Conor O'Brien scores his third Album No1 on home soil this week under the guise of Villagers, as 'Darling Arithmetic' heads straight for the top of this week's Chart - his first album to be recorded entirely on his own.

2010's 'Becoming A Jackal' and 2013's 'Awayland' also went straight to No1 on release. Both Hozier and Ed Sheeran drop a place, to Nos 2 & 3 respectively, while Taylor Swift climbs back to No4 with '1989' - her best position for this album since January. Paul Simon takes the second of three new entries in the Top 10 this week as his latest compilation 'The Ultimate Collection' enters at No7 while Dublin's Mighty Stef claim the third new entry with 'Year Of The Horse' at No8, giving them their debut appearance on this chart. Shawn Mendes heads up five more new releases in this week's Top 30 as he also gets his first ever entry on this chart for his debut album 'Handwritten' coming in at at No11. Calexico take the next new entry at No17 with their ninth studio release 'Edge Of The Sun' - better than 2012's 'Algiers' which peaked at No63 -  as Halestorm enter at No24 with their third album 'Into The Wild Life'. Shayne Ward releases his fourth studio album this week - 'Closer' and enters at No25 while veteran Albert Hammond sees his live album from 2013 - 'Songbook 2013' enter the chart for the first time at No28 after his performance on the Late Late Show last Friday.

The Singles Chart also has a new No1 this week as Wiz Khalifa (with Charlie Puth) takes 'See You Again' to the top of the Chart from last week's No9. Omi's 'Cheerleader' drops to No2 while Years & Years hold on at No3 with 'King'. Although not a brand new entry into the Chart this week Galantis makes huge strides moving up 68 places from No74 to enter the Top 10 at No6.

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