The rise of Il Divo

17/Dec/2004

U2 make it four weeks at the top of the Albums chart with 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb', ahead of Il Divo who rocket from No19 last week to No2, aided by Friday's Late Late Show performance. Mario Rosenstock's 'Gift Grub 2004' falls one place to No3, followed at No4 and No5 by 'Greatest Hits' from Britney Spears and Robbie Williams respectively.


With one week to go until the Official Christmas No1 is announced, Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' continues to dominate the Singles Chart, with sales again accounting for one in three of all singles sold in Ireland this week, and outselling the No2 single by more than 7:1. The distance in sales from No1 may be huge, but Jay-Z and Linkin Park's 'Numb/Encore' is nevertheless this week's highest climber, up 5 places from No7 to No2. With a drop-off in the number of pre-Christmas new releases, much of this week's chart remains static and there's only one new entry in the Top 20 - Ronan Keating and Yusuf's 'Father and Son' at No16.


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