The first week of 2007 sees the introduction of new chart eligibility rules: all downloads are now eligible for the Singles Chart, regardless of whether a physical version is available. The new rules make no difference to Leona, who has a third week at No1 with ‘A Moment Like This’, ahead of non-movers Akon ‘Smack That’ at No2 and Take That ‘Patience’ at No3.
U2 have this week’s highest new entry at No6 with ‘Window In The Skies’, the second new recording from their ‘U218’ singles collection. The first new single from the album – ‘The Saints Are Coming’ – made it to No1 in November 2006. Two places behind U2 at No8 is Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’, benefiting from the new chart rules to re-enter the Top10 on the strength of downloads. In another quiet week for new releases there is only one other new entry in the Top 20 - Eric Prydz vs Floyd ‘Proper Education’ at No14. Eric’s only previous Irish hit single was ‘Call On Me’ which spent 4 weeks at No1 in October 2004. After six weeks in the Top 3, U2 finally make it to No1 on the Album Chart with ‘U218 Singles’. Westlife dip to No3 after six weeks on top with ‘The Love Album’, behind Snow Patrol’s ‘Eyes Open’ which climbs from No7 to No2 to seal an all-Irish Top 3. With many of the Christmas favourites dropping back this week (notably Take That, The Beatles, Il Divo, George Michael and Mario Rosenstock), they are replaced by several of last year’s best sellers: Oasis ‘Stop The Clocks’ climbs from No5 to No4, Razorlight climb from No12 to No5 and The Killers ‘Sam’s Town’ climbs from No11 to No6.