Eight months after an initial release in October 2004, James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ completes a steady climb up the rankings to hit the No1 spot on the Albums Chart this week.
Coldplay’s ‘X&Y’ drops to No2 after a 3-week reign at the top, ahead of Foo Fighters ‘In Your Honour’, steady at No3. U2’s ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ climbs one place to No4, leading a pack of eleven U2 albums in this week’s Top 75 chart, on the back of their weekend Croke Park gigs. After debuting at No2 last week, 2Pac’s ‘Ghetto Gospel’ climbs one place to claim this week’s Singles Chart crown nearly 9 years after his death. This is 2Pac’s first Irish No1: the highest of his previous seven Top 30 singles was 1999’s ‘Changes’ which peaked at No5. Crazy Frog’s ‘Axel F’ drops to No2 after 4 weeks at the top, followed by non-movers Akon’s ‘Lonely’ at No3 and Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan’s ‘Unplayed Piano’ at No4. There are 2 new entries in this week’s Top 10: The Backstreet Boys ‘Incomplete’ at No5, their first release since ‘Drowning’ which reached No10 in January 2002, and ex child soprano Charlotte Church’s debut pop release ‘Crazy Chick’ at No10.