Bruno Mars breaks the post-Christmas deadlock on the Singles Chart this week, debuting at No1 with ‘Grenade’ less than three months after his previous release ‘Just The Way You Are’ spent three weeks on top.
If Britney Spears’ new single ‘Hold It Against Me’ had been released earlier there may have been a serious challenge to ‘Grenade’, but instead she debuts at No6 on the strength of just three days sales (available to download since Tuesday). This is Britney’s first hit since ‘3’ reached No7 in November 2009 and her 26th appearance on the Irish Singles Chart over the course of more than ten years. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 is at No17 for ‘Do It Like A Dude’ by hotly-tipped newcomer Jessie J who already has two awards under her belt - BBC Sound of 2011 and Brit Awards 2011 Critics Choice.
The New Year changes on the Singles Chart are not reflected on this week’s Album Chart, where the Top 10 remains fairly static and new releases are thin on the ground. Rihanna takes a third week on top with ‘Loud’, followed by Imelda May’s ‘Mayhem’ at No2 and The Script’s ‘Science & Faith’ at No3. Imelda May’s first album ‘Love Tattoo’ returns to the Top 10 this week, up from No14 to No7 with an impressive tally of 90 weeks in the Top 40 since release back in September 2008.