Tuesday 20 February 2018

Blur's The Magic Whip knocks HamsandwicH off top spot in Irish album chart

Boys to men: Current-day Blur, l-r, Graham Coxon (guitar); Dave Rowntree (drums); Damon Albarn (vocals) and Alex James (bass)
Boys to men: Current-day Blur, l-r, Graham Coxon (guitar); Dave Rowntree (drums); Damon Albarn (vocals) and Alex James (bass)
The Magic Whip by Blur
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Blur have knocked Meath band HamsandwicH off the top spot in the Irish album charts this week with the release of their first album in 16 years.

HamsandwicH's highly anticipated third album, Stories from the Surface, was released on April 17 and debuted at number one last week.

Fans had waited five long years for the follow-up to White Fox.

However, Blur's first album as a four piece in almost two decades has debuted at number on this week, with Josh Groban taking the second spot with his seventh studio album, Stages.

Groban was interviewed by Lorraine Keane in Dublin last week for a one-house special which will air on UTV Ireland on Sunday May 3 at 10.05pm.

Blur's The Magic Whip looks set to hit number one in the UK album chart too given it has been outselling the rest of the top five UK releases put together.

The 12-track album was announced in February and is inspired by the band's travels in Asia.

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The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 - at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong - were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.  

Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in Blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics.

The band performed ‘Ong, Ong’ on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night.

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