Bruce Springsteen debuts at No1 on the Album Chart this week with ‘Magic’ – his third Irish chart-topper in 2 years, following in the steps of ‘Devils & Dust’ and ‘Live In Dublin’. ‘Magic’ is the second fastest-selling album of the year so far in Ireland, outpaced only by Arctic Monkeys ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ back in April.
James Blunt’s ‘All The Lost Souls’ dips to No2 after a fortnight on top, still ahead of Foo Fighters ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’, down from No2 to No3. In a good week for ‘60s chart veterans, The Bee Gees and Bob Dylan complete the trio of new entries in the Top 5 with career retrospective compilations ‘Greatest’ and ‘Dylan’ at No4 and No5 respectively – outperforming their juniors Katie Melua and Babyshambles, who debut outside the Top 10 (‘Pictures’ at No13 and ‘Shotter’s Nation’ at No19). Shayne Ward takes a comfortable second week at No1 on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘If That’s OK With You’, ahead of Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’ which climbs back to No2 and remains the No1 download for a seventh week. Sugababes climb from No10 to No5 with the CD release of ‘About You Now’, their 17th Top 30 hit in Ireland over a period of seven years. In contrast, Aslan have this week’s highest new entry at No22 with ‘Jealous Little Thing’ – their 19th Top 30 hit over a period of 21 years.