This week’s Singles Chart sees Westlife back with a vengeance as their first single for nearly 18 months, ‘You Raise Me Up’, firmly fights off all competition to take the No1 spot. Accounting for nearly half of all singles sold this week, with the highest first week sales of any single since Band Aid 20, and with the highest ever first week sales for any of their 17 single releases (including 11 No1 singles) there can be no doubting their dominance on this week’s chart.
The Sugababes ‘Push The Button’ has to be content with the No2 slot as The Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Don’t Cha’ also drops a place to No3. Hilary Duff’s achieves her best first week position for a single as ‘Wake Up’ enters the chart at No10. The Album Chart also sees a change at the top as Robbie Williams new Album – ‘Intensive Care’ – enters the chart at No1 - the 5th of all his albums to debut at the top of the chart. Only his first album – ‘Life Thru A Lens’ and ‘Live At Knebworth’ failed to debut at No1 entering at Nos 27 and No2 respectively. The Prodigy’s ‘Their Law – The Singles 1990-2005’ climbs to No2 from last week's No4 whilst Aslan’s ‘Platinum Collection’ holds on to the No3 position. Local boy Tommy Fleming achieves his best first week chart position in five years as ‘Voice Of Hope’ enters the Top 10 at No9. His album ‘The Contender’ entered the chart at No4 in 2000. The Top 10 sees one more new entry as ‘#1’s’ from Destiny’s Child enters at No10.