- 09 Apr 21
The Dublin band, fronted by Dara Quilty, scored the highest new entry on this week's chart.
Apella have entered the Official Irish Albums Chart at No.2, with their debut album, 1963 – this week's highest new entry. 100% of proceeds from the physical sales of the album – named after the birth year of frontman Dara Quilty's mother – are going directly to The Marie Keating Foundation.
Since bursting onto the Irish music scene in 2016 with their radio hit 'We Met At A Party', Apella have established themselves as one of the most promising indie-pop acts in the country – opening for Twenty One Pilots, and appearing at all the major Irish music festivals, including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Castlepalooza and Sea Sessions. Their success also took them on tours of the UK, with Keywest and Don Broco.
In 2019, shortly after winning Music and Entertainment Broadcaster of Year at the IMRO Radio Awards, as well as Music Programme of the Year, frontman Dara Quilty moved to New York City to focus on his music career.
This period saw him playing in iconic New York venues like Rockwood Music Hall, Bitter End, Pete’s Candy Store and many more. As the pandemic brought the music industry to a grinding halt, Dara completed his work on 1963 at Empire Underground Studios in Brooklyn.
Although originally released digitally in January, 1963 is this week's best-selling CD album following its official physical release date on April 2.
Last week, the band premiered their vibrant new music video for 1963's 'Buried You' on hotpress.com.
Elsewhere on the chart, Justin Bieber continues his reign at No.1 with Justice, while John Spillane's 100 Snow White Horses debuts at No.5 – making it Spillane's first Top 10 album in almost 12 years, and his highest chart placement since Hey Dreamer was No.1 in 2005.
On the Official Irish Singles Chart, meanwhile, Lil Nas X holds onto his top spot with 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)'. Olivia Rodrigo's 'Deja Vu' is the chart's highest new entry this week at No.9, following the remarkable success of her debut single, 'Drivers License', which spent nine weeks at No.1 earlier this year.