Taylor Swift returns to Number 1 on this week’s Official Irish Albums Chart, denying metal legends Metallica the top spot.
Folklore leads Ireland’s Top 50 albums for a fourth non-consecutive week, marking the third separate stint that the album has reached the summit. Taylor had Ireland’s most streamed album of the past seven days.
Metallica’s live album with the San Francisco Symphony S&M2 opens at Number 2 with the most sales of the week (physical and download). The live collection marks Metallica’s fourth Top 2 album since the turn of the century; the band claimed back-to-back Number 1 studio albums with St. Anger (2003), Death Magnetic (2008) and Hardwired… To Self Destruct (2016).
Katy Perry takes out her fifth consecutive Top 10 album with Smile, new at Number 9, while British electronic duo Disclosure just miss out on the top flight with third studio album Energy at Number 11.
Jazz singer Gregory Porter debuts at 25 with All Rise, while British hip hop star Nines starts out at 26 with this third studio album Crabs In A Bucket.
Finally, four Record Store Day releases make it into this week’s Official Irish Albums Chart Top 50: David Bowie live album I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74) and radio broadcast recording ChangesNowBowie are at 21 and 30 respectively, a reissue of Villagers’ debut album Becoming A Jackal at 37 and The Pogues’ BBC Sessions 1984-1985 at 49.