In January 2009 Lady Gaga launched her career with two consecutive No1 hits ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Poker Face’ and later the same year ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’ pushed her tally of No1 singles to four. This week she’s back at the top of the Irish Singles Chart with ‘Born This Way’, the title track and first single from her forthcoming second album.
After a close battle with Nikki Kavanagh to secure their nomination for Eurovision 2011, Jedward debut behind Lady Gaga at No2 with ‘Lipstick’ – the duo’s third Irish hit following ‘Under Pressure (Ice, Ice, Baby)’ which spent four weeks at No1 and ‘All The Small Things’ which reached No21. With two strong new entries ahead of her, Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ drops from No1 to No3 despite a 17% increase in sales, but fellow Brit School graduate Adele moves in the opposite direction – up seventeen places from No26 to No9 with ‘Someone Like You’ following her performance of the song at Tuesday’s Brit Awards.
Adele continues to dominate the Album Chart, taking a fourth week at No1 with ‘21’ and still outselling all challengers by more than 2:1. With solo female singers taking eight of this week’s Top 10 slots, PJ Harvey claims this week’s highest new entry at No7 with her eighth studio album ‘Let England Shake’. This is her highest ever showing on this chart, beating the No10 debut and peak for her previous best, 2004’s ‘Uh Huh Her’. Further down the chart The Brits Show makes an impact for Plan B’s ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ up from No49 to No22, Cee Lo Green’s ‘The Lady Killer up from No63 to No26 and Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ up from No99 to No31.