Drones Descend On Chart


Three years after the No2 debut for their sixth album 'The 2nd Law', Muse return to chart-topping form this week, arriving at No1 with album number seven 'Drones'. This is their third Irish No1, following 'Black Holes & Revelations' (2006) and 'The Resistance' (2009).

Florence + The Machine dip to No2 after one week on top with 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful', ahead of Taylor Swift's '1989', a non-mover at No3. There's a return to the chart at No6 for The Rolling Stones' classic 'Sticky Fingers' - their ninth studio album first released in 1971 and now re-issued with previously unreleased bonus tracks. Iceland's second-most-famous musical export Of Monsters And Men take the second new entry at No8 with 'Beneath The Skin', the follow-up to their phenomenally successful debut 'My Head Is An Animal' which entered at No1 in 2012 and spent more than a year in the chart. The only other newcomer to the Top 10 is UB40's budget greatest hits package 'Red Red Wine - The Collection', which vaults 47 places from No56 to No9. Sixteen years ago Leftfield debuted at No4 with their second album 'Rhythm and Stealth', they broke up 3 years later in 2002 and then reformed for live shows in 2010. This week sees the release of the long-awaited third album 'Alternative Light Source', and it lands at No19 on the Irish Chart.

After four weeks at No3 and a week at No2, Major Lazer finally makes it to the top of the Singles Chart with 'Lean On' (feat. DJ Snake & Mě). Omi slips to No2 after a total of five (interrupted) weeks at No1 with 'Cheerleader', ahead of Jason Derulo at No3, Wiz Khalifa at No4 and LunchMoney Lewis at No5. The sole new entry in this week's Top 30 is at No23 for Zedd with 'I Want You To Know' (feat. Selena Gomez). This is Zedd's third appearance in the Irish Chart, following 'Stay The Night' with Hayley Williams and 'Break Free' with Ariana Grande - No8 and No9 respectively in 2014. It's also a third showing for Selena Gomez, who reached No7 with 'Naturally' in 2010 and No6 with 'Come & Get It' in 2013.

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