On his sixth attempt, Mario Rosenstock finally hits the No1 spot on the Album Chart with ‘Gift Grub 6 – The Special One’ living up to its name, (Numbers 4 and 5 in the series stalled at No2 in 2003 and 2004 respectively). This is the first comedy album to reach the top since Dustin’s ‘Faith Of Our Feathers’ spent four weeks at No1 in December 1997.
Westlife’s ‘Face To Face’ slips to No2 after one week at the top (despite selling more copies this week than most Number One albums this year), followed at No3 by non-mover ‘Voice Of Hope’ by Tommy Fleming. Il Divo have the next highest new entry at No5 with their second album ‘Ancora’ – their self-titled debut album came in at No24 a year ago, rising to No2 in last year’s Christmas Chart. The third new entry of the week is from Kate Bush at No6 with ‘Aerial’ – her 8th studio album and first since 1993’s ‘Red Shoes’ which charted at No12 in its first week of release, peaking at No10 a week later. Westlife may have been deposed from the top of the Albums Chart, but they hold on to the Singles crown for a third week with ‘You Raise Me Up’, now the fifth best-selling single of the year so far in Ireland behind Akon, Tony Christie, Crazy Frog and 2Pac. Madonna has this week’s highest new entry at No2 with ‘Hung Up’, the lead single from her forthcoming ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’ album. It’s her best showing on this chart since her duet with Britney Spears ‘Me Against The Music’ debuted at No1 two years ago – and it’s her 40th Irish Top 10 single, including 7 Number Ones. In third place this week is another new entry - Dustin and Chris de Burgh with ‘Patricia The Stripper’: with 7 Number Ones under his belt from 7 releases, Dustin will be fighting to keep his 100% record over the next few weeks.