Sandi Thom’s ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’ climbs one place from No2 to claim the No1 spot on this week’s Singles Chart – the first solo female to top the chart since Jennifer Lopez ‘Get Right’ back in February 2005.
Infernal continue their steady climb up the rankings, up to No2 from No4 after 8 weeks in the Top 30 with ‘From Paris To Berlin’, ahead of 2 new entries - Nelly Furtado ‘Maneater’ at No3 and Lordi ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ at No4. For Nelly Furtado it’s a convincing return to chart form: her first 3 singles all made the Top 30 but the next 3 failed to even dent the Top 40. This No3 debut for her seventh single surpasses the No4 peak for her previous best ‘I’m Like A Bird’ in April 2001. For Lordi, on the other hand, this is their first Irish single and the best showing for a Eurovision-winner since Eimear Quinn reached No3 with ‘The Voice’ in 1996. Red Hot Chili Peppers have a fifth consecutive week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’, the longest stint at the top since James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ spent 11 weeks at the top last summer. Shayne Ward climbs back to No2 with his self-titled debut album, just a handful of sales ahead of Sandi Thom who has this week’s highest new entry at No3 with ‘Smile…It Confuses People’. She leads a trio of new entries in this week’s Top 10: Paul Simon is new at No8 with ‘Surprises’ and Damien Dempsey comes in at No10 with ‘Live At The Olympia’.