Exactly two years after their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Funeral’ entered the Album Chart at No29, Arcade Fire’s follow-up ‘Neon Bible’ comes in at No1 this week. ‘Funeral’ has so far never made it higher than No16, despite spending 17 weeks in the Top 40, but the instant success of ‘Neon Bible’ means Arcade Fire are the first Canadians to top the chart since Avril Lavigne spent a week at No1 with ‘Under My Skin’ in June 2004.
With a trio of Top 10 singles under her belt, Cascada’s ‘Everytime We Touch’ climbs from No36 (where it debuted last week on the strength of import sales) up to No2, giving her label All Around The World their first top 40 artist album in Ireland. Take That’s ‘Beautiful World’ dips to No3 after one week at the top, ahead of Nelly Furtado’s ‘Loose’ which slips to No4 from No3. There are two more new entries in the Top 20: French duo Air debut at No12 with their fifth studio album ‘Pocket Symphony’ and Australian legend Nick Cave (plus assorted Bad Seeds) comes in at No15 with ‘Grinderman’. With nine nations represented, Cascada’s record label is an apt description of this week’s Top 20. Mika has a sixth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Grace Kelly’, topping both physical and download sales charts throughout the six weeks. The Fray’s ‘How To Save A Life’ climbs one place from No3 to No2, swapping places with Take That’s ‘Shine’, down to No3. Justin Timberlake climbs from No17 to No6 with the CD release of ‘What Goes Around…Comes Around’, the third Top 10 single from ‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’. Highest new entry honours this week go to Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand ‘The Creeps’ at No22, just ahead of the next new entry at No25 for The Gossip’s re-released ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’.