Mick Flannery strikes gold this week as his third studio album ‘Red To Blue’ flies straight in at the top of the Album Chart , improving on 2008’s ‘White Lies’ which debuted at No6 and 2007’s ‘Evening Train’ which failed to chart. He deposes Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ which falls back to No11 after just one week at No1.
David Guetta holds steady at No2 with ‘Nothing But The Beat’ while Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ climbs up a place to No3. Virtual pets Moshi Monsters achieve the next highest new entry coming into the Top 10 at No4 with ‘Music Rox!’ closely followed by Nicki Minaj whose second album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ is a new entry at No5. A better showing than her original release ‘Pink Friday’ which debuted at No45 back in 2010 and peaked at No17 over a year later. Labrinth also achieves a Top 30 entry as his debut solo release ‘Electronic Earth’ enters at No23 – he bears the distinction of being the only artist to be signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label without having appeared on a talent show. The fifth new entry in the Top 40 goes to Orbital’s ‘Wonky’ at No40 - their first studio album for 8 years and a better placing than 2004’s ‘Blue Album’ which entered at No57.
Carly Rae Jepsen remains ahead of the pack on this week’s Singles Chart taking a third week at No1 with ‘Call Me Maybe’ while Fun featuring Janelle Monae continue their climb up the chart with ‘We Are Young’, up to the No2 spot from last week’s No10 over four months after its original release. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ , Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ all drop back a place to occupy positions No3 to No5 respectively. There is only one new entry in this weeks Top 50 as Alex Day enters with his second solo release ‘Lady Godiva’ at No49.