The Killers hold at No1 on this week’s Album Chart for a second week with ‘Sam’s Town’: with sales declining just 35% on last week, their second week tally is still greater than all but 4 of this year’s Number One albums (Arctic Monkeys, Shayne Ward, Snow Patrol and Red Hot Chili Peppers).
With two hit singles (‘Reconnect’ and ‘Come With A Friend’) under their belts, Malahide quartet Director have this week’s highest new entry at No2 with their debut album ‘We Thrive On Big Cities’ – the most successful first album launch by an Irish band since The Thrills ‘So Much For The City’ in 2003. Snow Patrol climb one place to No3 with ‘Eyes Open’, ahead of The Scissor Sisters ‘Ta-Dah’, down from No2 to No4. Luther Vandross has this week’s next new entry at No7 with the posthumous ‘Ultimate’ collection – 12 years after his last appearance on this chart with ‘Songs’ which reached No57 in October 1994. After 11 weeks in the Top 10, Cascada has a fifth week at the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Everytime We Touch’. Chamillionaire climbs back from No4 to No2 with ‘Ridin’, leapfrogging over Scissor Sisters at No3 and Justin Timberlake at No4. Bob Sinclar & Cutee B have this week’s highest climber, up from download-only No22 last week to No5 with ‘Rock This Party’ - a steady improvement for Bob Sinclar after ‘Love Generation’ reached No14 last year and ‘World, Hold On’ made it to No10 in July. This week’s highest new entry honours go to My Chemical Romance ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ at No17 – their first appearance in the Irish Top 40 Singles Chart and the lead single from their forthcoming third album ‘The Black Parade’.