The Right Direction


It's business as usual for One Direction, now a 4-piece following the departure of Zayn, as they storm straight to the top of the Irish Singles Chart with 'Drag Me Down'.

This is their fifth No1 single in Ireland and their fourteenth to make the Top 10, all in the space of just under four years. Their most successful to-date is their debut 'What Makes You Beautiful' which spent four weeks at the top in 2009, whereas their other three No1's all dropped after just one week on top.  1D's arrival means Lost Frequencies' four-week reign at the top comes to an end - 'Are You With Me' dips to No2, ahead of Walk The Moon's 'Shut Up And Dance, down from No2 to No3.  Highest climber honours go to Disclosure, whose 'Omen' (feat. Sam Smith) leaps 45 places from No86 to No41.  They're not far behind their previous best on this chart - No35 a year ago for 'Latch', which also featured the vocals of Sam Smith.

Ed Sheeran continues to dominate the Album Chart, holding on to the top two spots for a third consecutive week with 'x' and '+'.  The main challenge this week comes from price-promoted catalogue and compilation albums, including Taylor Swift's 'Red' at No3, UB40's 'Red Red Wine - The Collection' at No5 and Kenny Rogers' 'Daytime Friends - The Very Best Of' at No7.  The highest new entry is at No24 for Lianne La Havas with her second album 'Blood', the follow-up to 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' which debuted and peaked at No21 in 2012.  Just behind Lianne is the second new entry, The Maccabees at No25 with their fourth album 'Marks To Prove It' - an improvement on the No31 peak in 2012 for their last album 'Given To The Wild'.  The third and final new entry in this week's Top 30 is at No29 for Na Fianna with their debut release 'Unearthed', which arrives at No1 on this week's Indie Album Chart.

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