Following his death last week at the age of 74, Meat Loaf has hit the Number One spot on the Irish album chart with his breakthrough 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell.

With the highest sales figures of the week across both physical and digital download, the larger-than-life star's classic debut album finishes ahead of the second Meat Loaf entry at No 2, his greatest hits collection, Hits Out Of Hell, which is the most-streamed album of the week in Ireland.

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The late star had a strong fanbase in Ireland. He toured the country’s dancehalls and community centres in the late eighties and played Féile 1990 when his career was at a low point before his huge comeback in the mid-nineties.

Meat Loaf also earns two places in this week’s Top 50 singles. His song Bat Out Of Hell flies in at Number 31, while I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) lands at Number 40.

This week’s other highest new entry on the new album chart is Years & Years’ Night Call, which debuts at Number 19. Olly Alexander’s first album as a solo artist, this marks his third Top 20 album in Ireland, following 2015’s Communion and 2018’s Palo Santo.

Following the confirmation of new tour dates including one at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium this June, Harry Styles sees both of his albums fly up the Irish Albums Chart; 2019’s Fine Line rises 11 to Number 8, while 2017’s Harry Styles hits to Number 38.

Official Irish Albums Chart Top 5

New 1 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf (Epic)

New 2 Hits Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf (Sony Music)

3 (Last Week) 3 (This Week) Sour - Olivia Rodrigo (Geffen)

4 4 = - Ed Sheeran (Asylum)

5 5 Without Fear - Dermot Kennedy (Island)