Taylor Swift has taken out her fourth Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart.
Seventh studio album Lover has scored the biggest week of CD sales and digital downloads for a female artist so far in 2019, becoming Taylor’s fourth consecutive chart-topper following Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017). Taylor outsold the rest of the Top 5 this week, with Lover’s first week combined sales eclipsing those of Red and 1989.
A fourth Number 1 means Taylor surpasses Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga for the most Number 1 albums this decade by a female artist, with the aforementioned pair on three apiece. Encompassing all acts, only One Direction and Nathan Carter have claimed more chart-topping albums since 2010.
Following his show at the RDS Arena last Thursday, Post Malone’s second album Beerbongs & Bentleys lifts back into the Top 5 at Number 5, while his debut LP Stoney climbs five places to Number 12. His third album Hollywood’s Bleeding is released next Friday (September 6).
Rap group Brockhampton claim their second Irish Top 10 and highest placement yet with Ginger at Number 6, and finally, Gerry Cinnamon’s album Erratic Cinematic reaches a new peak this week, breaching the Top 20 for the first time at Number 20.