2010 X Factor finalist Mary Byrne brings Adele’s 9-week run at the top of the Album Chart to an end, landing at No1 with her debut ‘Mine & Yours’. Boosted by in-store appearances in support of the release, Mary has the fastest-selling album of the year so far in Ireland.
With Adele slipping to No2 with ‘21’ and to No3 with ‘19’, Britney Spears has the next new entry at No4 with her seventh studio album ‘Femme Fatale’. Of the previous six, only ‘Oops’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘Circus’ debuted higher – at No3 (2000), No1 (2007) and No2 (2008) respectively. Radiohead’s sequence of five consecutive No1 debuts stalls this week as ‘The King Of Limbs’ enters the chart at No7. Their recent policy of releasing the digital version early, which had little impact on the chart debut for their previous album ‘In Rainbows’, may have had an adverse effect this time around. This week’s highest climber honours go to Ronan Keating and Burt Bacharach, up fifteen places from No20 to No5 with ‘When Ronan Met Burt’ – Ronan’s eleventh appearance in the Irish Top 10 Album Chart, including six with Boyzone.
In contrast to the albums, this week’s Singles Chart is remarkably stable with no significant movement at the top: Adele takes a fifth week at No1 with ‘Someone Like You’, ahead of Jennifer Lopez at No2 and Jessie J at No3. This week’s lone new entry is at No10 for LMFAO with ‘Party Rock Anthem’ – the LA duo’s first Irish hit single in their own right, although they featured on David Guetta’s ‘Getting Over You’ which reached No4 last year.