Rihanna achieves a rare chart double this week – the first artist to top both Singles and Albums Charts since Justin Timberlake in September last year (‘Sexyback’ and ‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’) and the first female artist to perform the feat since Kylie Minogue in October 2001 (‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and ‘Fever’).
It’s a seventh consecutive week at No1 for Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’, heading a Singles Chart dominated by North American artists (20 of the Top 30). With the CD release of ‘When You’re Gone’, Avril Lavigne has this week’s highest climber, up from No25 to No4, and has two tracks in this week’s Top 20 - ‘Girlfriend’ drops three places to No11 after 16 weeks in the chart. Arcade Fire have this week’s highest new entry at No28 with ‘Intervention’ (on download and 7”), their first hit single in Ireland despite two hit albums: ‘Funeral’ reached No16 and ‘Neon Bible’ debuted at No1. After four weeks hovering in the Top3, Rihanna’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ finally makes it to No1 on the Album Chart, ahead of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My December’, up from No4 to No2, and the Traveling Wilburys, down from No1 to No3. The Chemical Brothers debut at No4 with their sixth studio album ‘We Are The Night’, continuing a decade of Top 5 Irish Chart debuts: ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ at No1 in 1997, ‘Surrender’ at No4 in 1999, ‘Come With Us’ at No1 in 2002 and ‘Push the Button’ at No3 in 2005. Velvet Revolver have the next new entry at No7 with ‘Libertad’, their second album and follow-up to ‘Contraband’ which debuted and peaked at No8 in June 2004.