‘MDNA’, Madonna’s twelfth studio album, lands at No1 on this week’s album chart, giving the world’s best-selling female artist of all time a third consecutive No1 in Ireland, following ‘Hard Candy’ in 2008 and the compilation ‘Celebration’ in 2009. In the process she deposes fellow American legend Bruce Springsteen, whose ‘Wrecking Ball’ drops to No4.

A resurgent David Guetta sees ‘Nothing But The Beat’ return to the Top 3 at No2 more than six months after its original release last summer, followed at No3 by Dublin hip hop trio The Original Rudeboys with their debut album ‘This Life’.  Katy Perry leaps from No30 to No10 with the release of the special Complete Confection edition of her ‘Teenage Dream’ album, which debuted at No1 on release back in August 2010.  This week’s other high climber in the upper echelons is ‘El Camino’ by The Black Keys, up fifteen places from No29 to No14.  The album was released before Christmas, since when it has spent most of its life in the Top 30 and has garnered much critical acclaim.

Carly Rae Jepsen takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Call Me Maybe’, well ahead of the chasing pack: Nicki Minaj at No2 with ‘Starships’, Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ at No3 and David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ at No4.  Fun claim this week’s highest new entry at No10 with ‘We Are Young’ (feat. Janelle Monae) while Justin Bieber enters at No11 with ‘Boyfriend’ – still chasing a second Irish Top 10 single to follow ‘Baby’ which reached No7 in March 2010.  Nine years after his first Irish hit single ‘Get Busy’, Sean Paul jumps from No36 to No12 with his ninth Top 20 hit ‘She Doesn’t Mind’.

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