It's Ham(mer) Time

24/Apr/2015

There's a tussle at the top of the Album Chart between Ham Sandwich and Hozier, but it's Ham Sandwich who come out on top, debuting at No1 with their third album 'Stories From The Surface'.


This represents a major breakthrough for the Co. Meath 5-piece, as their first album 'Carry The Meek' debuted and peaked at No23 and the follow-up 'White Fox' reached No25. It's a great week for independently-released albums, with all six new entries in this week's Top 30 falling into this category - and five of the six are Irish releases. New at No8 is Mundy with his self-titled fifth studio album, maintaining his 100% Top 30 hit-rate with 'Jellylegs' (No23 in 1996), '24 Star Hotel' (No9 in 2002), 'Raining Down Arrows' (No1 in 2004) and 'Strawberry Blood (No14 in 2009). US rockers Alabama Shakes claim the third new entry at No12 with their second album 'Sound & Color', the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut release 'Boys & Girls' which reached No5 three years ago. The roll-call of independent Irish new entries continues...Colm Mac Con Iomaire's 'And Now The Weather' (No15), Superstar Tradesmen's 'Pen To Page' (No23) and Fiach Moriarty's 'The Revolution' at No29.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth hold at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with 'See You Again', their Paul Walker tribute from the Furious 7 Soundtrack. In an unchanged Top 4, Omi remains at No2 with 'Cheerleader' ahead of Years & Years at No3 and James Bay at No4. There are no new entries in this week's Top 50, but there's continued steady progress for several of last week's climbers: Major Lazer is up seven places to No10 with 'Lean On', Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson climb nineteen places to No20 with 'Trouble' and Kodaline rise seven places to No22 with 'The One'.


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