Snow Patrol debut at the top of the Album Chart this week with their fourth album ‘Eyes Open’. Their previous album ‘Final Straw’ debuted at No9 on re-release in February 2004 and went on to reach No1 later that year, but their first two independently-released albums failed to chart.
Shayne Ward drops to No2 after two weeks at No1, followed at No3 and No4 by two more new entries: Nina Simone’s ‘Very Best Of’ and Pearl Jam’s self-titled seventh studio album. All seven have made the Top 10, including two No1’s (Vs and Vitalogy), but this is their best Irish chart position since ‘No Code’ debuted at No2 ten years ago. Bruce Springsteen’s tribute to Pete Seeger ‘We Shall Overcome’ slips 3 places from No2 to No5, ahead of this week’s fourth new entry in the Top 10: a personal best for Tool at No6 with ’10,000 Days’, their follow-up to ‘Lateralus’ which debuted at No19 in 2001. Gnarls Barkley have a fourth week at No1 with ‘Crazy’, leading non-mover Shane Ward’s ‘No Promises’ by just 5 sales. Mary J Blige & U2 are back up to No3 with ‘One’, swapping places with Rihanna, whose ‘SOS’ slips back from No3 to No4. Arctic Monkeys continue their run of success with their new 5-track E.P ‘Who the F**k Are Arctic Monkeys?’ debuting at No5 as this week’s highest new entry. Red Hot Chili Peppers have the next new entry at No7 with ‘Dani California’, the lead track from their forthcoming ‘Stadium Arcadium’ album, while Beatfreakz complete the trio of Top 10 new entries with ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ at No8.