Slow Train Pulls In At The Top


San Francisco rock band Train complete a 10-week journey to the top of the Singles Chart this week, up from No2 to No1 with ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ – nine years after their previous hit ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ peaked at No33.

Usher and drop one place to No2 after two weeks at No1 with ‘OMG’, ahead of the Glee Cast who leap from No14 to No3 with ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’, their 17th Top 30 single in less than five months, although only two others have performed better: ‘Like A Prayer’ (No2) and ‘Gives You Hell’ (their only No1 to date).  Alexandra Burke climbs twelve places from No16 to No4 with ‘All Night Long (feat. Pitbull)’ – her fourth Top 10 single in Ireland.  Jason Derulo has this week’s highest new entry at No5 with his third single ‘Ridin’ Solo’, the follow up to ‘In My Head’ which reached No3 and ‘Whatcha Say’ which peaked at No5.  Two versions of the same song ‘Stereo Love’ debut in this week’s chart: DJ Team’s cover version is at No8 and Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina are new at No17 with the original.

There’s a close fought battle at the top of the Album Chart this week and Cathy Davey emerges the winner, debuting at No1 with her independently-released third album ‘The Nameless’.  This marks a huge improvement on the previous two: ‘Something Ilk’ peaked at No28 in 2004 and ‘Tales Of Silversleeve’ reached No24 in 2007.  AC/DC’s ‘Iron Man 2’ soundtrack slips to No2 after three weeks at No1, just ahead of The National who debut at No3 with their fifth album ‘High Violet’ – the previous album ‘Boxer’ is their only other Irish chart entry to date, with a No31 debut and peak in 2007.

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