Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent celebrates its first birthday on the Official Irish Albums Chart by entering the record books, according to new data from IRMA and OfficialCharts.com/Ireland.
With its 15th non-consecutive week topping the charts, Divinely Uninspired… has now scored the most weeks at Number 1 this millennium for a debut album.
The other debuts to spend 10 or more weeks at Number 1 since 2000 are: James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam which managed 14 weeks across 2005-2006; The Killers’ Hot Fuss which spent 11 weeks at the top in 2005; and Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, which led the Top 50 for nine weeks in 2003, before earning a tenth week at Number 1 in 2004, remarkably knocking her second album from the top spot.
Lewis Capaldi has enjoyed one of the biggest breakthroughs of the past two decades. Divinely Uninspired... was Ireland’s best-selling album of 2019 (and of 2020 so far too), it’s also the fastest-selling debut album by a male this century, and is the only debut album of the past decade to spawn three Number 1 singles in Ireland (Someone You Loved, Hold Me While You Wait, Before You Go).
Real name Taurus Tremani Bartlett, Chicagoan rapper Polo G makes his Official Irish Chart debut with second album The Goat, this week’s highest new entry at Number 5. Fellow US rapper Future returns with eighth studio album High Off Life, which debuts at Number 15 becoming his third Top 50 album and highest charting to date.
Following the release of her concert film City of Lover, Taylor Swift’s latest album Lover climbs seven places to 22, and finally, Charli XCX’s How I’m Feeling Now, written and recorded entirely in lockdown, makes its first appearance at 27, her third entry.