Rodrigo y Gabriela enter at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their self-titled third album, outperforming their 2002 debut ‘Re-Foc’ which never charted and their ‘Live’ follow-up which reached No11 in 2004. Born in Mexico and based in Dublin, the duo achieves the strongest showing on this chart for any instrumental or Latin album in the modern chart era.
Johnny Cash ‘Ring Of Fire – The Legend Of’ drops to No2 after one week at the top, ahead of Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say I Am’ at No3. Jack Johnson continues his steady climb up the chart, reaching a new peak this week at No4 with ‘In Between Dreams’, fuelled by Brits success and a sell-out tour. Neil Diamond has the only other new entry in this week’s chart at No16 with ‘12 Songs’, his first new studio album since 2001’s ‘Three Chord Opera’, which failed to make any impact on the Irish Chart. Shayne Ward’s 7-week reign at the top of the Singles Chart comes to an abrupt end this week, as Pat Shortt’s ‘Jumbo Breakfast Roll’ crashes in at No1, outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined. He’s topped the Video Chart twice with Series 1 & 2 of ‘Killinaskully’, but this is his first solo appearance on the Music Charts. Westlife have the next new entry at No3 with ‘Amazing’, their 20th Irish hit single, while Madonna has to settle with a No5 debut for ‘Sorry’, the second single from ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’. The final new entry in this week’s Top 10 is at No8 – ‘Drowning Souls’ from New Yorkers Suddyn, who, like Rodrigo y Gabriela, have crossed the Atlantic to find success in Ireland.