Westlife have a sixth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘You Raise Me Up’, not only equalling their 6-week run at the top for ‘Uptown Girl’ 4 years ago, but also becoming the best-selling single of the year so far - leapfrogging Akon’s ‘Lonely’ late on Saturday afternoon (26th Nov.).
Pussycat Dolls have this week’s highest new entry at No2 with their second single ‘Stick Wit U’, not quite matching the No1 debut for their first single ‘Don’t Cha’ which is at No9 this week after 13 weeks in the Top 10. Black Eyed Peas ‘My Humps’ holds at No3 for a third week, ahead of Madonna ‘Hung Up’ at No4 and Kelly Clarkson ‘Because Of You’, new at No5. This is her 4th Top 20 single in Ireland and her highest chart debut to date - and with ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ at No12 she is one of 5 artists with 2 singles in this week’s Top 40 (along with Pussycat Dolls, 50 Cent, Liberty X and Sean Paul). Mario Rosenstock takes a fourth week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Gift Grub 6’, followed at No2 by a surprise new entry from 98FM’s ‘Toll Trolls’ with ‘Make A Wish’ – in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation charity. Westlife ‘Face To Face’ drops one place to No3, Il Divo ‘Ancora’ slip from No3 to No4 and Tommy Fleming’s ‘Voice Of Hope’ has a third week at No5. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 comes from The Darkness at No20 with their second album ‘One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back’. Their first album ‘Permission To Land’ debuted at No17 in July 2003 and went on to spend 49 weeks in the Top 40, peaking at No2.