After 6 weeks in the Top 20, including 3 weeks at No2, Jay-Z and Linkin Park's 'Numb/Encore' finally climbs to the top spot of the first Singles Chart of the New Year. Green Day also continue a steady climb up the chart, up from No3 to No2 this week with 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'. Gwen Stefani's first solo single 'What You Waiting For?' is up to No3 from No5, followed at No4 by last week's No1 - Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas. This week's sole Top 20 new entry is Iron Maiden's 'The Number Of The Beast' at No11, 23 years after it was first released in May 1982.
The New Year also sees a change at the top of the Albums Chart, with Green Day's 'American Idiot' leaping from No5 to No1 - their first Irish No1. Britney Spears 'Greatest Hits: My Prerogative' climbs one place to No2, followed at No3 by Paddy Casey's 'Living', down from No2. In the absence of any new entries, the key feature of this week's Albums Chart is the surge in sales for the critically-acclaimed successes of 2004: Snow Patrol (up from No14 to No6), The Killers (up from No21 to No7), Keane (up from No17 to No8), Scissor Sisters (up from No23 to No10) and Franz Ferdinand (up from No32 to No11).