James Blunt’s 11-week stranglehold at the top of the Albums Chart is finally broken this week as David Gray debuts at No1 with his seventh album ‘Life In Slow Motion’. This is his fourth No1 album in Ireland in five years, following ‘White Ladder’, ‘Lost Songs’ and ‘A New Day At Midnight’: ‘White Ladder’ went on to become Ireland’s top selling album of the modern era.
Iceland’s Sigur Ros have the next new entry at No6 with their fourth album ‘Takk…’, their first appearance in Ireland’s Top 10 following the No17 debut and peak of ‘()’ in October 2002 and the No38 high spot for ‘Agætis Byrjun’ in August 2000. This year’s Mercury prize-winner Antony & The Johnsons reaps a considerable sales benefit from the award, climbing 23 places from No40 to No17 with ‘I Am A Bird Now’. The Pussycat Dolls & Busta Rhymes have a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Don’t Cha’, comfortably ahead of non-movers Rihanna at No2, Daniel Powter at No3 and Jessica Simpson at No4. 50 Cent (feat. Mobb Depp) has this week’s highest new entry at No5 with ‘Outta Control’, the third Top 10 single this year from his ‘Massacre’ album, after ‘Candy Shop' which reached No2 and ‘Just A Lil Bit’ which peaked at No9.