Rihanna’s Umbrella Puts The Rest In The Shade


The rapid turnover at the top of the Singles Chart continues this week, as Rihanna has the fifth different chart-topper in as many weeks with ‘Umbrella’ (feat Jay-Z), up from No8. With the CD scheduled for release today (25th May), Rihanna has the distinction of becoming only the second artist to top the Irish chart on downloads alone, following 21 Demands ‘Just A Minute’ back in March. ‘Umbrella’ is her sixth Top 20 hit from six releases in Ireland, but the first to make it to No1: ‘Pon De Replay’ and ‘Unfaithful’ both stalled at No2.

Akon’s ‘Don’t Matter’ slips to No2 after a week on top, ahead of Snow Patrol, Avril Lavigne and Timbaland who all suffer a similar fate, dropping one place to make way for Rihanna. Stellarsound and Paula Flynn have this week’s highest new entry at No11 with a remake of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’, popularised by Ballygowan’s TV ad. Linkin Park hold for a second week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Minutes To Midnight’, ahead of Cascada’s ‘Everytime We Touch’ at No2 and this week’s highest new entry at No3: Maroon 5’s second studio album ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’. Their debut album ‘Songs About Jane’ in contrast took 18 weeks to climb the chart after debuting at No26 in April 2004: they went on to spend three weeks at No1 and the album was the fourth best-seller of 2004 in Ireland.

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