With the Top 6 singles all registering a decline in sales this week, Beyoncé and Shakira return to the top of the Singles Chart by default with ‘Beautiful Liar’. Avril Lavigne’s ‘Girlfriend’ – the top-selling CD single this week – holds at No2 for a third week, ahead of Timbaland’s ‘Give It To Me’ at No3 – the top-selling download for a third consecutive week.
After debuting at No18 last week on downloads, the Manic Street Preachers climb 11 places to No7 with the CD release of ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’, their 14th Irish Top 30 single, but only the third to make the Top 10, following ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ (No7 in 2000) and ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ (No3 in 1998). Regina Spektor has this week’s highest new entry at No16 with ‘Hotel Song’, a download from her critically-acclaimed fourth album ‘Begin To Hope’, now popularised in Vodafone’s TV ad. Arctic Monkeys hold at No1 on the Album Chart for a second week with ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, ahead of Cascada ‘Everytime We Touch’ at No2 and Avril Lavigne ‘The Best Damn Thing’ at No3. Michael Bublé has this week’s highest new entry at No4 with his third studio album ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ giving him a hat-trick of Top 10 albums: his first album ‘Michael Bublé’ peaked at No8 and his second album ‘It’s Time’ reached No5. Natasha Bedingfield has the next new entry at No14 with ‘NB’, her second album and follow-up to ‘Unwritten’ which debuted at No4 in September 2004.