Dermot Kennedy has hit the top spot twice on this week's Official Irish Charts, as his debut album Without Fear returns to Number 1 and single Giants claims the top spot for the first time following his appearance on RTE One's The Late Late Toy Show.

It's a week of records for Kennedy.

His chart double marks the first time in ten years that an Irish act has reached No 1 on both the Official Irish Singles and Albums Chart in the same week. He is also the only Irish soloist to ever manage the feat since digital records began in 1997.

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The Script did the double in 2010 with their single For The First Time and album Science & Faith.

On the singles chart, Giants jumps 11 places to the summit, replacing his Meduza collaboration Paradise at the top.

Kennedy is the first Irish act to claim more than one Number 1 single in a calendar year since Jedward in 2011.

He’s also the first Irish act to replace themselves at Number 1. Other acts who have managed the feat in recent history include Pharrell in 2013 (Blurred Lines replaced Get Lucky), Justin Bieber in 2015 (Love Yourself replaced Sorry), Ed Sheeran in 2017 (Galway Girl replaced Shape Of You which had replaced Galway Girl) and Ariana Grande in 2019 (Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored replaced 7 Rings and then replaced BUWYGIB).

Celebrating the news, Kennedy said: "It’s hard to put into writing how grateful I am, but I just want to say thank you so much for supporting my music, coming to my shows, and for holding me up as an artist.

"I will forever be so proud to be an Irish songwriter. I can carry that pride and identity with me wherever I travel anywhere.

"I will also do my very best to represent our country and our long-standing history of artists and songwriters punching above their weight. Thank you for another beautiful moment on their journey. Grá Mór X"

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