In a battle between Beliebers versus true believers, Justin Bieber has beaten hugely acclaimed Dublin one-man act For Those I Love to the No. 1 spot on the Official Irish Album Charts.
Bieber's sixth studio album Justice retains the Number 1 for a second week, while For Those I Love’s self-titled debut album bows at Number 2, after selling the most downloads and vinyl sales of the past week.
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For Those I Love One is poet and electronic artist David Balfe and he has won universal acclaim for his album, which celebrates the life of his late friend and music partner Paul Curran.
Also, on this week’s album chart, Glen Hansard gets his first Top 5 album in six years with Live at Sydney Opera House.
Other new entries on this week include British singer-songwriter Ben Howard’s fourth album Collections From The Whiteout (17), Michigan rapper NF’s new mixtape Clouds (21), and Promises from electronic producer Floating Points, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra (43).
Official Irish Albums Chart Top 5
1 (last week) 1 (this week) Justice - Justin Bieber (Def Jam)
New 2 For Those I Love - For Those I Love (September Recordings)
4 3 Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa (Warner Records)
3 4 Without Fear - Dermot Kennedy (Island)
New 5 -Live at the Sydney Opera House - Glen Hansard (Plateau)
There's good news for alt country star Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson aka CMAT on the Official Irish Homegrown Chart as she becomes the first female solo artist to claim Number 1 on the Irish only countdown.
Boosted by the release of her new EP Diet Baby and the song’s music video, I Don’t Really Care For You climbs sixteen places to the top spot. The previous highest placement from a female soloist was Number 2, achieved by Tolu Makay and Lea Heart.
For Those I Love’s single I Have A Love enters the Homegrown Top 10 for the first time at Number 7.
County Laois singer Emer Dunne makes her first appearance on the Homegrown Chart at 12 with Daisy, the first single from her upcoming album Hourglass.
Rising Galway indie rock band NewDad have a new entry this week with I Don’t Recognise You at Number 20.