Following the televised funeral ceremony, Whitney Houston’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ rises four places to No1 on this week’s Album Chart. This compilation was originally released in November 2007, when it debuted and peaked at No6 before returning to the chart at No5 last week. With ‘The Essential’ at No8, ‘The Greatest Hits’ at No42, ‘The Collection’ at No48, ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack at No7 on the Compilation Chart and ‘The Bodyguard’ film at No8 on the Video Chart, Whitney’s legacy is evident.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ dips to No2 after three weeks on top, ahead of Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’, down from No2 to No3 and Adele’s ‘21’ steady at No4. In an unusually quiet week for major new releases, there are no new entries in this week’s Top 50.
Emeli Sandé holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with ‘Next To Me’, heading a Top 3 unchanged since last week – Gotye & Kimbra at No2 and Flo Rida & Sia at No3. It’s a good week for Nicki Minaj who features on David Guetta’s ‘Turn Me On’ (up from No8 to No4) and she also has this week’s highest new entry at No8 with ‘Starships’. Her previous best on this chart was No5, also with David Guetta on ‘Where Them Girls At’ last May. The only other newcomer in this week’s Top 20 is Chris Brown at No16 with ‘Turn Up the Music’, his twelfth appearance in the Irish Top 20.