Official Irish Charts history was made this past week when a posthumous Number 1 album replaced another at the top of the Official Irish Albums Chart.
Last Friday, Juice WRLD’s third studio album Legends Never Die topped the charts, replacing Pop Smoke’s debut studio album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, marking the first time a deceased artist has succeeded another in the following week. Pop Smoke also made history as the first artist to have a posthumous debut album in Ireland.
In total, 13 albums have reached Number 1 in Ireland following an artist’s death. 2016 produced two in David Bowie’s Blackstar and Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker. Blackstar went to Number 1 five days following Bowie’s death and was the first posthumous chart topper in almost four years. Leonard’s album first went to Number 1 ten days before his death and returned to the top spot for three more weeks after his passing.
2007 also spawned multiple posthumous Number 1s with releases from Jeff Buckley and The Traveling Wilburys (members Roy Orbison and George Harrison had died prior to the release), and Johnny Cash is the only act in Irish chart history to claim two posthumous Number 1 albums in the same year with hits collection Ring Of Fire: The Legend of Johnny Cash and studio album American V: A Hundred Highways in 2006. Johnny is also the only act with multiple posthumous Number 1s on Irish soil.
Michael Jackson’s The Essential is the longest-reigning posthumous Number 1 with six weeks ruling the Top 50 in 2009, while Christie Hennessy is the only Irish act to claim a chart-topping album following their death with his album The Two Of Us from 2008. Elvis Presley also had a posthumous Number 1 with 30 No.1 Hits in 2002.
Two female artists have also topped the Official Irish Albums Chart posthumously – Whitney Houston with The Ultimate Collection in 2012 and Eva Cassidy with 2001’s Songbird.
|ALBUM||ARTIST||YEAR||WEEKS AT #1|
|LEGENDS NEVER DIE||JUICE WRLD||2020||1|
|SHOOT FOR THE STARS, AIM FOR THE MOON||POP SMOKE||2020||1|
|YOU WANT IT DARKER||LEONARD COHEN||2016||5|
|THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION||WHITNEY HOUSTON||2012||1|
|THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON||MICHAEL JACKSON||2009||6|
|THE TWO OF US||CHRISTIE HENNESSY||2008||2|
|SO REAL: SONGS FROM JEFF BUCKLEY||JEFF BUCKLEY||2007||1|
|THE TRAVELING WILBURYS COLLECTION||TRAVELING WILBURYS||2007||3|
|AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS||JOHNNY CASH||2006||2|
|RING OF THE FIRE: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH||JOHNNY CASH||2006||4|
|30 NO.1 HITS||ELVIS PRESLEY||2002||1|
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