For Those I Love challenging for Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart

The 29-year-old rising star from Dublin is going head-to-head with Justin Bieber this week.

For Those I Love is challenging for Number 1 on this week’s Official Irish Albums Chart.

The self-titled debut studio album from the Dublin singer and spoken word artist is Number 1 on the latest sales flash, facing stiff competition from last week’s chart-topping album Justice by Justin Bieber.

Real name David Balfe, For Those I Love has stormed into the mainstream with some powerful performances on the likes of The Tommy Tiernan Show, Later with Jools Holland and Other Voices. His album has the most vinyl and download sales of the week so far.

Should For Those I Love hold onto his lead, his album will be the first new release by an Irish act to got to Number 1 in 2021.

Justin Bieber is narrowly behind at Number 2, racking up the most album streams so far this week in Ireland. Last Friday, Justin dropped the Triple Chucks Deluxe edition of Justice with six new tracks. Justin topped both the Official Irish Albums and Singles Charts last week when Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon debuted in the top spot.

This week's final Official Irish Singles and Albums Charts will be published on OfficialCharts.com/Ireland at 3pm on Friday. Listen to the chart every Friday on RTÉ 2FM with Bláthnaid Treacy at 7pm.

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