Today, Friday 6 July, ushers in a new era of the Official Irish Singles Chart, with video streaming data counted for the first time to reflect more forms of Ireland’s music consumption than ever before. Plus, a string of other adjustments designed to create more hits and movement in the chart.
Congratulations to George Ezra, who enjoys a second week at the top of the Irish singles rundown this week with his first Irish Number 1, Shotgun from latest album, Staying at Tamara’s.
A week earlier, George dethroned chart-topping record Clean Bandit Solo ft. Demi Lovato, which remains at Number 2 this week. Shotgun lays claim to both the most downloaded and streamed track of the week in Ireland. However, it’s Maroon 5 and Cardi B’s Girls Like You that scoops the accolade of the most streamed video of the week in Ireland, racking up nearly 300,000 video plays.
Shotgun has been a slow burner of a hit on the chart, finally taking the top spot in its 14th week inside the Top 50. Prior to Shotgun, George’s highest-ranking hit in Ireland was Budapest, his worldwide breakthrough hit, which reached Number 4 in 2013.
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com/Ireland, George said: “I never thought that this would happen. The thing that’s most amazing about it is the fact that all of you out there are sharing the song and playing it loud and enjoying it with your summer, which is exactly what I wanted. I can’t thank you enough.”
New entries and high climbers
Elsewhere in this week’s Top 10, there’s new entries from Drake ft. Michael Jackson, Don’t Matter to Me at Number 3, and Nonstop by Drake which climbs to Number 5.
Meanwhile, Drake’s Emotionless is a new charter at Number 13, Years & Years climb 9 places to Number 14 with single If You’re Over Me, however it’s a loss for Anne-Marie who drops 13 places to Number 16 with single 2002.
Further down, there are big climbs for Martin Garrix feat. Khalid’s Ocean, rising 17 places to 25 while Kodaline’s Follow Your Fire climbs 13 spots to 44, Liam Payne and J Balvin’s Familiar is also up 7 to 22. And finally just outside the Top 50 this week but ones to watch are new entries from homegrown talent Gavin James who starts out at 54 with Always and Rudimental and Major Lazer’s Let Me Live (55).