Ireland's biggest Irish artist albums of 2018 so far

It's shaping up to be a strong year for Irish music, check out the acts that are leading the way so far in 2018.

2018 is already proving a strong year for Irish music, with seven albums by Irish acts featuring in the country’s overall Official Top 40 biggest albums of the year to date.

The top selling so far is Picture This, the self-titled debut album from the pop-rock duo. Released in August 2017, the album entered at Number 1, ahead of brand new albums from Queens of the Stone Age, War On Drugs and Shane Filan. Check out the full Top 50 from that week here.

Picture This, which was recorded at Nashville’s famous Blackbird Studios, spawned two Top 40 hits on the Official Irish Singles Chart, Never Change and Addicted To You. The album’s total combined sales to date stand at 40,000.

Meanwhile, former One Direction singer Niall Horan claims the year’s second biggest Irish artist album of the year with his solo debut Flicker. The collection topped the Official Irish Albums Chart last October and was a huge success internationally, reaching Number 1 on America’s Billboard 200.

Legendary Irish folk singer Christy Moore is third with On The Road, his 28th solo studio album, and The Cranberries’ retrospective Dreams – The Collection is in fourth. The greatest hits album re-entered the chart at Number 3 in January following the untimely death of the band’s singer Dolores O’Riordan.  

Completing the Top 5 are Northern Irish band Snow Patrol with Wildness, their first studio album in seven years, while indie rockers The Academic finish just outside with their debut collection Tales From The Backseat, a Number 1 album back in January.

Read up on the new Official Irish Chart rules, including the addition of video streams, coming into effect on July 6.

Ireland's Official Top 10 biggest Irish artist albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 PICTURE THIS PICTURE THIS 1
2 ON THE ROAD CHRISTY MOORE 1
3 FLICKER NIALL HORAN 1
4 DREAMS - THE COLLECTION CRANBERRIES 1
5 WILDNESS SNOW PATROL 1
6 TALES FROM THE BACKSEAT ACADEMIC 1
7 HOZIER HOZIER 3
8 FREEDOM CHILD SCRIPT 2
9 LIFE LOVE FLESH BLOOD IMELDA MAY 1
10 IN A PERFECT WORLD KODALINE 1

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