Eminem's Kamikaze holds onto Irish Number 1 album for a second week, Paul McCartney scores highest new entry

Plus new entries and big climbers come from Hozier, Mac Miller and Paul Simon.

Slim Shady's not ready to shrink into the shadows just yet – the controversial rapper lands another week atop the Official Irish Albums Chart with Kamikaze.

His eighth chart-topping album in Ireland, Kamikaze was a surprise release and sparked worldwide debate over its lyrical content. So far Kamikaze has spawned two Top 10 singles for Eminem: The Ringer and Lucky You.

New entries and climbers

Highest new entry this week is legendary Paul McCartney, with his 18th solo album Egypt Station going straight in at 7, while at Number 10, following the release of his new EP, Wicklow singer-songwriter Hozier leaps 16 slots with his self-titled debut, which topped the albums chart five times across 2014 and 2015.

Limerick band The Cranberries were back in the news this week following the inquest into the death of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, and their retrospective Dreams – The Collection lifts 7 places to 16, while Mac Miller's fifth studio album Swimming reaches a new peak of 14 following the rapper's passing last week. Swimming previously peaked at Number 39.

Paul Simon's In the Blue Light is new at 24, while Christy Moore, currently touring Ireland, climbs eight spots to NUmber 26 with On The Road.

Finally, Michael Jackson's hit collection Number Ones returns to the Official Irish Albums Chart at 30.

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