‘Late Registration’, Kanye West’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s ‘The College Dropout’, fails to dislodge James Blunt from the top of the Album Chart this week, debuting at No2 behind ‘Back To Bedlam’ which enjoys a tenth consecutive week at the top.
Despite steady sales and critical acclaim, ‘The College Dropout’ never made the Top 10 in Ireland, peaking at No13 in September last year. McFly have the next new entry at No11 with their second album ‘Wonderland’, an improvement on the No21 debut for their first album ‘Room On The Third Floor’ in July 2004. The final new entry in this week’s Top 30 is from British rock veterans Iron Maiden with their double live album ‘Death On The Road’ coming in at No27. Daniel Powter’s ‘Bad Day’ has a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart, with sales increasing for a sixth consecutive week. Jessica Simpson’s version of Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ debuts at No2 – taken from the forthcoming Dukes Of Hazzard movie, this is her best chart position to-date in Ireland, well ahead of the No11 peak for ‘With You’ in June 2004. David Gray has the next new entry at No6 with ‘The One I Love’, which is surprisingly his first Top 20 single in Ireland despite the massive success of his albums.