Rihanna and Jay-Z make it six weeks in a row at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Umbrella’, which is now the second-best selling single of the year so far in Ireland behind Mika’s ‘Grace Kelly’.
Enrique Iglesias continues to climb, up from No4 to No2 with ‘Do You Know?’, his eighth Irish Top 20 single and his most successful since 2002 when ‘Escape’ reached No2 and ‘Hero’ spent 2 weeks at No1. The highest new entry in this week’s Top 40 is at No12 for Gwen Stefani’s ‘4 In the Morning’, the third hit single from her second solo album ‘The Sweet Escape’. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 comes at No14 for Journey with ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ – a hit for them 25 years ago and now revived on downloads after featuring in the closing scene of The Sopranos. The Traveling Wilburys take a third week at No1 on the Album Chart, fending off a strong challenge from Rihanna’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, up from No3 to No2 and less than 100 sales behind the top spot. Kelly Clarkson has this week’s highest new entry at No4 with her third album ‘My December’. Her first album ‘Thankful’ never made it higher than No46, but her second album ‘Breakaway’ climbed all the way to the top after debuting at No21 in July 2005. Editors have the next new entry at No7 with ‘An End Has A Start’, the follow-up to their debut ‘The Back Room’ which, despite critical acclaim and steady sales, has yet to make the Top 20.