Ten years after his ‘Greatest Hits’ spent a month at No1 on the Irish Albums Chart, Bruce Springsteen returns to the top this week with his 13th studio album ‘Devils & Dust’.
It’s his first studio album to make it to No1 in Ireland since ‘Human Touch’ in 1992: ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ debuted at No14 in 1995 and ‘The Rising’ debuted and peaked at No2 in 2002. The Killers ‘Hot Fuss’ drops to No2, ahead of Akon ‘Trouble’ which holds for a second week at No3. After reaching No19 on the Singles Chart in February with ‘What a Lovely Dance’, Hal have this week’s next highest new entry on the Albums Chart at No6 with their eponymously-titled debut album ‘Hal’. The trio of new entries in the Top 20 is completed by Eels at No11 with ‘Blinking Lights and Other Revelations’, an improvement on their last album ‘Shootenanny!’ which debuted at No44 in 2003 and well ahead of their previous highest position on this chart – No19 for ‘Souljacker’ in 2001. Tony Christie has a fifth consecutive week at No1 with ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’, selling nearly twice as many copies as this week’s nearest contender: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Signs’ which debuts at No2. It’s Snoop’s second Irish Top 10 single, following ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ which peaked at No7 back in January this year. Ciara and Missy Elliott hold for a third week at No3 with ‘1,2 Step’, ahead of another non-mover – Will Smith’s ‘Switch’ at No4. There are two more new entries in this week’s Top 10: Simon Casey at No7 with ‘I Still Believe In You’ and Destiny’s Child at No8 with ‘Girl’.