Two years after their debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’ entered the chart at No3, Keane get their first Irish No1 with the follow-up ‘Under The Iron Sea’, replacing Red Hot Chili Peppers, who plummet to No6 after five weeks on top.
Sandi Thom’s ‘Smile…It Confuses People’ climbs to No2 after debuting at No3 last week, ahead of The Eagles ‘Complete Greatest Hits’ which surges from No42 to No3 on the back of their Lansdowne Road gig last weekend. The Dixie Chicks have this week’s next new entry at No8 with ‘Taking The Long Way’, their fourth studio album following ‘Wide Open Spaces’, ‘Fly’ and ‘Home’. Only the most recent of their previous three ‘Home’ made the Irish Top 40, peaking at No7 in April 2003. Shakira (feat. Wyclef Jean) debuts at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, her fifth Irish Top 20 single and her third No1, following ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ in 2002. Sandi Thom’s ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’ drops back to No2 after one week at No1, ahead of non-mover Nelly Furtado at No3 with ‘Maneater’. Infernal’s ‘From Paris To Berlin’ slips from No2 to No4 after 10 weeks on chart, despite a week-on-week sales increase of 5%.