Muse debut at the top of the Album Chart this week with their fifth album ‘Black Holes & Revelations’, their first Irish No1 and an improvement on the No3 debut for ‘Origin of Symmetry’ in 2001 and ‘Absolution’ in 2003.
Shakira has a third week at No2 with ‘Oral Fixation Vol 2’, missing out on the No1 by less than 100 sales but comfortably ahead of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Why Try Harder’ which slips from No1 to No3. Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Breakaway’ climbs from No8 to No4 after nearly a full year in the Top 30 since release last July – including one week at No1 back in January. Johnny Cash has the second new entry at No5 with his posthumous ‘American V: A Hundred Highways’, having already spent four weeks at No1 this year with ‘Ring Of Fire – The Legend Of’ which is at No6 this week. In the first Singles Chart to include digital downloads, Shakira has a fourth week at No1 with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ - and despite the inclusion of digital sales, the Top 3 remains unchanged for a fourth consecutive week, with Sandi Thom’s ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’ at No2 and Nelly Furtado’s ‘Maneater’ at No3. Downloads account for 31% of sales in the Top 50 this week, and for the Top 3 titles they account for 24% (Shakira), 18% (Sandi Thom) and 28% (Nelly Furtado). There are 2 new entries in this week’s Top 10 and both are debut releases: The Sullivan Brothers, runners-up in this year’s ‘You’re A Star’, are new at No5 with ‘High’ and Lily Allen is new at No10 with ‘Smile’.