50 Cent comes out ahead in the tussle at the top of this week’s Album Chart, with ‘Curtis’ outselling Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ by a factor of nearly 3:2. For both artists it’s their third album, but 50 Cent’s previous album ‘The Massacre’ debuted at No1 in March 2005 whereas Kanye West’s previous album ‘Late Registration’ debuted at No2 later the same year.
Paddy Casey and Josh Ritter complete the quartet of new entries at the top of the Album Chart, with ‘Addicted To Company Part 1’ at No3 ahead of ‘The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter’ at No4. This is Paddy Casey’s first album release for four years, and follows ‘Living’ which debuted at No2 in October 2003 and finally reached No1 in March the following year. ‘Historical Conquests’ is Josh Ritter’s third Top 5 album in Ireland, following 2003’s ‘Hello Starling’ which debuted at No2 and 2006’s ‘The Animal Years’ which came in at No3. Sean Kingston makes it three weeks in a row at the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Beautiful Girls’, ahead of Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’ in all three weeks. Luciano Pavarotti’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ is this week’s fifth best-selling download, and climbs from No32 to No7 on the overall Singles Chart – the only new entry in a steady Top 20 this week. Outside the Top 20, however, there’s a pack of new entries: Irish rugby anthem ‘Ireland’s Call’ is this week’s highest new entry at No23 for the Celtic Tenors, ahead of Akon’s ‘Sorry, Blame It On Me’ at No24, Booty Luv ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’ at No26 and Elvis Presley ‘Party’ at No27.