25th December 2020

Dermot Kennedy rounds 2020 off in style claiming Ireland’s # 1 Christmas single and album with Giants and Without Fear

The Rathcoole singer-songwriter is number 1 and number 2 in the official Irish singles table for the fourth week in a row – Paradise, his collaboration with Meduza, ranks second at Xmas

Dermot is the first Irish act to hit number 1 for Christmas in 15 years since Irish comedian Mario Rosenstock returned with Leave Right Now in 2005

In the table of official Irish albums, Dermot scores a 15th with Without Fear non-consecutive week at number 1 and ties Lewis Capaldi’s divinely uninspired extent to number 1 for most weeks of this millennium for a debut album

Claiming Christmas number 1 is the latest hit hit for Dermot in recent weeks, having been the first Irish act to top the singles chart in five years, the first domestic act in nine years, the more won a calendar year as a chart winner and the only Irish soloist in modern chart history to top the official Irish singles and album charts in the same week

It wouldn’t be the festive season without Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas is for you to return to her chart high number 3, first released in 1994 and hit in 2017

Rounding out the top 5 of Christmas with Whams last Christmas, five places to four, and Tiesto’s The Business drops one place to 5

Two more Christmas carols hit the top 10 this week – Brenda Lee’s Rockin ‘Around The Christmas Tree hits number 6, the highest chart position in its 62-year history, and The Pogues and Kirsty MacColls Fairytale of New York climb to number 1 to 7

Many festive favorites hit new top positions in this week’s top 20, including Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me, 11, Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock (14), Underneath The Tree by Kelly Clarkson (15) and It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the year by Andy Williams (16)

Breakthrough hit Get Out My Head by Irish DJ Shane Codd breaks into the top 20 this week and climbs five places to 18th. Ed Sheeran’s new “fan track” Afterglow, a Christmas present for his fans, debuts at 23rd and will be 42 Top 50 hit

Other Christmas offers rising higher than ever in Ireland’s Top 50 include The Ronettes’ Sleigh Ride (27), A Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Buble (32) and Snowman by Sia (43)

Bruce Springsteen claims the Xmas Number 2 album with Letter To You which, when it was released in October, became The Boss’ ninth album in Ireland

Bruce has been up front all week (and has the most physical sales in the past seven days) but was relegated to the last festive hurdle, Letter To You is Ireland’s fastest selling album of 2020 and helped Bruce through it to work with Eminem to reach number 1 solo artist in this millennium

Andrea Bocellis Believe returns to its top position from number 3, Christy Moore’s The Early Years: 1969-81 hits a new top from number 4, and Taylor Swift’s Evermore rounds the Christmas top 5 to number 5

One year after conquering Christmas album No. 1 of 2019, Harry Styles’ Fine Line returns at 8 in the top 10, while Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black could be the start of many new record collections this Christmas and would move up 33 places 12

Paul McCartney hits the week’s highest entry at 14 with McCartney III, and finally Eminem’s number 1 album from January Music To Be Murdered By returns to the top 50 at number 15 following the release of its deluxe edition

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Source: https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/dermot-kennedy-claims-ireland-s-christmas-number-1-single-and-album-with-giants-and-without-fear__31919/