- 08 Apr 22
Harry Styles has scored the biggest No.1 of the year so far on the Official Irish Singles Chart.
The Dublin-based band's new album, which arrived last week in the midst of Pillow Queens' tour of North America, is their first since signing to Canadian label Royal Mountain Records. It follows their 2020 debut LP, In Waiting.
In their recent Hot Press cover story interview, the band discussed the inspiration behind the new album.
“We are at a particular stage in life, one in which you think you’re not going to feel emotions as much as you felt them when you were younger, but then you find that that’s not necessarily the case,” reflected singer/guitarist Pamela Connolly. “It was an active thing for us, to be a little bit more forthcoming with our emotions on this record. Because we had the time to feel them, articulate them, and explore them.”
Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, Unlimited Love, has debuted at No.1 on the chart – knocking Olivia Rodrigo's Sour from the top spot.
Elsewhere on the chart, Michael Bublé's Higher rises to No.4; and Harry Styles' 2019 album Fine Line rises to No.5 following the release of his brand new single, 'As It Was'.
Speaking of which – 'As It Was' has charged straight to No.1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart. It's the biggest No.1 of the year so far, having scored the highest week of chart sales of any chart-topper in Ireland in 2022. It's also Styles' first ever No.1 single in Ireland as a solo artist.
He's followed by Dave's 'Starlight' at No.2, Belters Only's 'Make Me Feel Good' featuring Jazzy at No.3, Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott's 'Where Are You Now' at No.4, and Jax Jones' 'Where Did You Go' featuring MNEK at No.5.
Pillow Queens play Vicar Street, Dublin (October 1 & 2); Dolans, Limerick (7); Cyprus Avenue, Cork (8) and The Empire, Belfast (14), Roisin Dubh, Galway (October 15 & 16) Set Theatre, Kilkenny (20). See their international live dates here.