Damien Rice debuts at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with his second solo album ‘9’, four and a half years after his first album ‘O’ debuted at No7 – peaking at No2 three years after release, but never reaching the top spot despite its multi-platinum status.
Mario Rosenstock has to settle for a No2 debut with his latest offering ‘Gift Grub Vol 7’, maintaining a formidable track record since November 2000 with all seven in the annual Gift Grub series debuting in the Top 6. The Cake Sale – a collective of Irish musicians who have combined to support Oxfam Ireland’s Make Trade Fair campaign - completes the trio of new entries at the top of the chart at No3. It’s all change at the top of the Singles Chart as well as the Albums Chart this week: U2 and Green Day rise from No25 (download-only) to No1 with the physical release of ‘The Saints Are Coming’ – a minor UK hit for The Skids in 1978, but never charting in Ireland. The collaboration is released in aid of Music Rising, a charity working with musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. Westlife debut at No2 with their 21st Irish single ‘The Rose’: of their previous twenty, 12 made it to No1, 5 made it to No2, 2 made it to No3 and one ‘only’ reached No4. Beyoncé slips to No3 with ‘Irreplaceable’ after 2 weeks on top, ahead of Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’, down from No3 to No4 and Cascada’s ‘Everytime We Touch’, down from No2 to No5.