Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Live In Dublin’ leads a trio of new entries at the top of the Album Chart this week, improving on the No2 debut for last year’s ‘We Shall Overcome’ and matching the No1 debut for ‘Devils & Dust’ in April 2005.
Against such strong competition Damien Dempsey has to make do with the runners up spot for his fifth album ‘To Hell Or Barbados’ - the only one of his previous albums to debut more strongly was ‘Shots’ which spent a week on top in March 2005. Finally Rihanna completes the trio with ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ at No3, a personal best on this chart, ahead of the No6 peak for ‘A Girl Like Me’ a year ago. There’s no change in the upper echelons of the Singles Chart this week, with Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z) taking a third week at No1 with ‘Umbrella’, followed by Akon ‘Don’t Matter’ at No2 and Gym Class Heroes ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ at No3. Hellogoodbye climb for a fifth consecutive week, now reaching No4 with ‘Here (In Your Arms)’, up from No7. In a very quiet week for new releases, there are only two new entries at the foot of the Top 30: Calvin Harris at No29 with ‘The Girls’ – his follow-up to ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ which peaked at No30 eight weeks ago, and Kelly Rowland (feat. Eve) at No30 with ‘Like This’.