- 01 Jul 21
Irish acts are holding strong this week, with Picture This, Kojaque and Saint Sister all set to take the charts by storm.
Picture this are hoping to nab the No.1 spot in the Official Irish Albums Chart, but face fierce competition from 18-year-old Drivers License singer Olivia Rodrigo.
According to the Official Chart Update earlier this week, their newest release, Life in Colour, is currently in the lead.
The Kildare band is attempting a major feat by toppling Olivia Rodrigo's hit record, Sour. Her album set a record last week for being the first by a female artist to top the charts for five straight weeks in five years.
Hot Press recently featured the quartet on the cover of our newest issue, available now.
"At its core, Life In Colour is a fan album – a record that will delight followers who’ve stuck with the group since their 2015 emergence," Hot Press' verdict of the Athy outfit's third album reads. "Picture This’ iPhone-filmed video for the irresistibly catchy ‘Take My Hand’ launched them to rapid stardom, albeit they’ve had the obligatory internet critics to contend with along the way. But taking a characteristically smart approach on Life In Colour, Ryan Hennessy and co don’t over-complicate things, relying on the colossal hooks that are their stock in trade."
Other Irish artists look to be holding strong for when the charts are officially announced tomorrow, with Kojaque's newest record currently the best selling album on vinyl. The acclaimed Town's Dead by the Dublin rapper is in third place at the midway point.
Kojaque recently spoke to Hot Press about the controversy over Portobello Plaza, the demonising of young people and the impact of gentrification.
"A lot of the record comes from that frustration of living in a place that doesn’t provide for the needs of people. And from watching friends and family having to emigrate or move back in with their parents," he said, speaking about his new record.
"Some of my friends in salaried jobs are still living at home.”
Northern Irish duo Saint Sister are also set to chart strongly with Where Should I End. The follow-up to their Choice Music Prize-nominated album in 2018 is set to be their first top 50 release and could even breach the Top 10.
Read this month's Hot Press interview with the folk-pop pair here.
You can pick up the most recent issue of Hot Press, featuring Picture This and Denise Chaila, here:
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