Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys take the Album Chart by storm this week, debuting at No1 with ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I’m Not’, and in the process setting a new first-week sales record for a debut album in Ireland (since 1992, when Chart-Track records began).
Jose Gonzalez ‘Veneer’ climbs for a seventh consecutive week to reach No2, one place ahead of James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ which slips from No1 to No3. Richard Ashcroft has the next new entry at No6 with his third solo album ‘Keys To The World’ – ‘Alone With Everybody’ entered at No5 in June 2000 and ‘Human Conditions’ came in at No11 in October 2002. This week’s third and final new entry in the Top 20 is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s self-titled debut album at No11, an impressive result given they’ve only released one single on 7-inch only (‘Is This Love’) which peaked at No41 two weeks ago. The Singles Chart returns to post-Christmas torpor this week, with the top 4 titles unchanged since last week and the rest of the top 10 shuffling positions. In an unprecedented period of stability, the Top 3 sequence of Shayne Ward, Nizlopi and Brian Kennedy has now held steady for the whole 4 weeks of January. The highest new entry is Pharrell’s ‘Angel’ at No20 – on his own for the first time, after Top 20 hit collaborations with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg (twice) and Gwen Stefani.