Taylor Swift takes out sixth Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Plus Declan O'Rourke claims his highest-charting album ever with Arrivals.

Taylor Swift’s era of rerecording past albums has gotten off to the best possible start, with a debut at Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart for Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

The megastar singer-songwriter picks up her sixth chart-topping collection in Ireland with the fresh take on her 2008 global breakthrough record, this week’s most downloaded and streamed album. The original version peaked at Number 7 in April 2009.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first Irish Number 1 album by a female solo artist so far in 2021 and extends Taylor’s stature as the woman with the most chart-topping albums in Ireland this millennium.

Taylor’s five other albums to lead the Top 50 are Red (2012), 1989 (2014), Reputation (2017), Lover (2019) and Folklore (2020).

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In at Number 2 this week is Dublin folk singer Declan O’Rourke with his seventh album Arrivals. The Paul Weller co-produced collection is O’Rourke’s highest-charting to date, outperforming the Number 3 peak of 2016’s In Full Colour, and was the best-selling on CD and vinyl.

US hip hop collective Brockhampton claim their third Top 20 album as Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine enters at 11, while rap royalty the late DMX, who passed away last week following a heart attack, is at 20 with The Best Of.

Finally, this week’s highest climber is Positions by Ariana Grande which flies 31 places to Number 18 following its vinyl release.

See the full Official Irish Albums Chart Top 50

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