- 01 Nov 19
A deserved pat on the back this week goes to Dermot Kennedy, who has now racked up the longest-reigning No. 1 debut album by any Irish artist in the past five years.
Without Fear, the debut album from Dermot Kennedy, secures a fourth week at the top of the Official Irish Albums Chart this week, outselling his nearest competition by just shy of 500 chart sales. The last Irish debut album to spend this long at No. 1 was Hozier’s self-titled debut which spent five weeks leading the Top 50 in late 2014.
Kanye West scoops his sixth Top 10 album on Irish soil and is this week’s highest new entry with Jesus Is King at No. 2, while Irish folk group Lankum claim their first Top 10 album with The Livelong Day at No. 8.
Bruce Springsteen has four albums in this week’s Top 50, soundtrack album Western Stars: Songs From The Film debuts at No. 11, parent album and former chart-topper Western Stars rises 15 places to No. 14, a double pack of both albums begins at No. 41, and The Boss’ Greatest Hits is at No. 44.
Pony, the major label debut from bedroom electronica act Rex Orange County begins at 12, Van Morrison’s sixth album in four years Three Chords and the Truth lands at 15, Neil Young & Crazy Horses’ Colorado rides to 23, and the self-titled debut from London rapper AJ Tracey returns to the Top 50 at 33 following the release of a deluxe edition.
Finally, Welsh rockers Stereophonics bow at No. 35 with Kind, their 13th Top 50 entry, and James Blunt’s Once Upon A Mind is a new entry at No. 38.