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birthday gift Daniel O'Donnell's new album shares UK top five spot with Adele, Coldplay and The Beatles

'I was at number three in the mid-week chart in the UK, and then Adele pushed me down to four, so I had to take me lot!'

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Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell

IRISH superstar Daniel O’Donnell has spoken of his excitement as his latest album became a British top five chart hit.

Daniel’s new album, 60, entered the UK chart at number four behind Coldplay, the Beatles and Adele – and one place ahead of newcomer Joy Crookes, who also has Irish connections.

“Since I was a teenager, I’ve loved the charts and followed the charts,” Daniel told the Sunday World.

“I’m 40 years in showbusiness this year – and I’ll be 60 in December, which is the reason for the album’s title – so to still be relevant and to be in the British charts is beyond anything I could have imagined starting out.

“I was at number three in the mid-week chart in the UK, and then Adele pushed me down to four, so I had to take me lot. But sure isn’t it great to be in it at all.

“To be in the charts with the Beatles as well is incredible. When you think of the Beatles isn’t it unbelievable that they’re up there after all this time. It’s fantastic. It just shows that music that means something will never die.”

Daniel has also broken his own UK chart record as the first artist to have an album in the Official Albums Chart each year for the last 33 years.

His latest album is his 19th Top 10 hit. Daniel’s first Top 40 album entry was back in 1991 with The Very Best Of, and kicked off an astounding unbroken run for the prolific hitmaker. Daniel has landed at least one Top 40 album on the UK Official Albums Chart in every consecutive year since, sometimes several in one year, for four decades straight.

Prior to 1991, Daniel made four appearances outside the Top 40 on the UK Official Albums Chart between 1988 – 1990.

Daniel is also enjoying a smash hit with his latest single and video, Down At The Lah De Dah.

One social media post declared that the video was “the best thing to ever come out of Ireland.”

Daniel yesterday joked: “We’re in a desperate state if that’s the case. But I’m delighted to have found another great song that I feel will be identified with me, even though it’s a Jimmy Buffett song.

“I was driving on the M50 one day when I heard Ronan Collins playing the Jimmy Buffett version and I knew it was a hit and that it suited me. We always look for that one song and I’ve been lucky to have had many down through the years.

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“I had My Donegal Shore, I Need You, These Shoes Keep Walking Back To You, Take Good Care Of Her, Our House Is A Home, I Want To Dance With You, Tipperary Girl and Footsteps.

“And you think, well maybe there won’t be any more songs that people will say, ‘oh that’s Daniel’s song.’ In Ireland, the Lah De Dah probably will be associated with me.

“Even after all these years, if you find a song you can create a stir with again, it’s lovely. It’s a nice 60th birthday present.”

Londoner Joy Crookes, whose father is from Dublin’s Navan Road, yesterday entered the UK chart at number five with her album, Skin.

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