Five Beautiful Weeks


Labrinth & Emeli Sandé extend their run at the top of the Singles Chart to five weeks with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, the longest continuous run at the top for any artist this year. This reflects a much higher turnover at the top this year compared with last year – 21 different No1’s in the first eleven months of 2012 compared with 14 over the same period in 2011.

One Direction take a second week at No2 with ‘Little Things’, pursued by two new entries – Olly Murs & Flo Rida at No3 with ‘Troublemaker’ and Girls Aloud at No4 with ‘Something New’. For Olly Murs, it’s a sixth Irish Top 20 single whereas for Girls Aloud it’s their twenty-second – and their first release in three and a half years. The Lumineers ‘Ho Hey’ jumps eleven places from No20 to No9, but highest climber honours go to Christina Perri who leaps seventeen places from No27 to No10 with ‘A Thousand Years’, a new version of which features in the latest Twilight soundtrack ‘Breaking Dawn Pt. 2’.

There’s no change at the top of the Album Chart with One Direction taking a second week at No1 with ‘Take Me Home’ – the fastest-selling artist album of the year so far in Ireland. Rihanna is new at No2 with her seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’, her third consecutive debut in the runner-up slot, following ‘Loud’ in 2010 and ‘Talk That Talk’ last year. With the Christmas season in full swing there are four more new entries in this week’s Top 10: Little Mix’s debut album ‘DNA’ at No3, Led Zeppelin’s live set ‘Celebration Day’ at No4, Julie Feeney’s third release ‘Clocks’ at No7 and Pat Byrne’s debut ‘All Or Nothing’ at No10.



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