In the six months since its release Adele’s ‘21’ has only spent 5 weeks off the No1 spot (and never below No2). This week she celebrates not only 21 weeks at the top of the Album Chart but also takes the crown for the most weeks at No1 for any album in recent Irish chart history, breaking the 20 week record that has stood for 16 years for Oasis’ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’.
Following her appearance on Gay Byrne’s new show on Friday, Imelda May surges back up the chart with both ‘Mayhem’ (No9 to No2) and ‘Love Tattoo’ (No12 to No4). With Adele at No5 with ‘19’, four of the Top 5 positions are held by these two artists – and with Beyoncé’s ‘4’ at No3 it’s an all female Top 5. LMFAO claim this week’s highest new entry with their second album ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ which debuts at No11 – their first album ‘Party Rock’ failed to chart, but their ‘Party Rock Anthem’ single spent four weeks at No1.
The Wanted remain on top of the Singles Chart for a second week with ‘Glad You Came’, ahead of Beyoncé’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ which surges from No6 to No2. Unusually there are no new entries in this week’s Top 30, reflecting the new dynamics of this chart since downloads extended the chart-life of most releases and songs became available to purchase at the same time as radio started playing them.