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Kodaline's album just misses out on UK no 1 spot


Dublin band Kodaline

Dublin band Kodaline

Dublin band Kodaline

IT was a case of so near, yet so far for new Irish music sensation Kodaline.

The Dublin group just missed out on becoming only the second ever Irish band to reach number one in the UK charts with their debut album.

It was a close call for the boys, who came third on the album chart yesterday with In A Perfect World after a closely fought battle with US rapper sensation Kanye West.

West, who has just welcomed daughter North into the world, his first daughter with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, took the top spot with his new album Yeezus.

Kodaline finished a respectable third behind rockers Black Sabbath, who were last week's number one with their album 13.

In A Perfect World has been selling strongly and shot to the top of the Irish charts, raising hopes it could out-sell hip-hop mega star Kanye.

The Swords natives were in a popularity battle with the star rapper, whose closest pals include Jay-Z, and have outsold him in Ireland, where they debuted at number 1, while Kanye's album trailed at No4.

The High Hopes hit makers would have become the first Irish band since The Script in 2008 to see their debut album go to No 1 in the UK charts.

Despite their disappointment, the boys were remaining upbeat and thanked their 57,000 followers on Twitter last night for their support.

"Thanks so much to everyone who bought #inaperfectworld We made it to no 3 in the UK Charts!!!" said the excited group.

"It's been between us all week," said Kodaline front man Stephen Garrigan. "We've been No 1 and then it's been Kanye and then us again.

"It's like David and Goliath," added the 23-year-old. "We never thought we'd be straight away in contention for a No 1 anywhere. To be up against Kanye West is a bit surreal. Actually it's mind-blowing," he added.