Despite stronger first week sales for ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’ than for any of her albums in the past 15 years, Madonna has to make do with a No3 debut on this week’s Album Chart in the face of strong local competition. This is an improvement on the No7 debut for 2003’s ‘American Life’, but lower than the opening positions for GHV2 (No2 in 2001), Music (No1 in 2000) and ‘Ray Of Light’ (No2 in 1998).
Mario Rosenstock strengthens his grip on the No1 spot with ‘Gift Grub 6’, followed at No2 by Westlife ‘Face To Face’. Green Day have this week’s second new entry at No8 with their live CD/DVD pack ‘Bullet In A Bible’, joining ‘American Idiot’ in the Top 40 (No34 this week after 61 consecutive weeks in the Top 40, including 2 weeks at No1 and an astonishing 41 weeks in the Top10). Westlife take a fourth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘You Raise Me Up’, their longest stint at No1 since ‘Uptown Girl’ spent 6 weeks at the top in 2001. Madonna has a second week at No2 with ‘Hung Up’, followed at No3 by this week’s highest new entry – Black Eyed Peas ‘My Humps’. This is their seventh Top 20 single in Ireland, and their best showing since ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Where Is The Love’ which both made it to No1 in 2003. Girls Aloud have the next new entry on this week’s chart at No7 with ‘Biology’, their 10th Top 20 single in Ireland in less than 3 years. Their debut ‘Sound Of The Underground’ remains their most successful to date, reaching No1 in January 2003, whereas ‘Long Hot Summer’ which debuted and peaked at No16 back in August this year is the only one not to make the Top10.