This week’s Album Chart sees a change at the top as Britney Spears achieves her first ever Irish No1 for a studio album with her fifth such release ‘Blackout’ going straight in at the top. 2000’s ‘Oops I Did It Again’ and 2001’s ‘Britney’ both peaked at No3 in the Chart while 1999’s ‘Baby One More Time’ made it to No6 and 2003’s ‘In The Zone’ reached No4. Her 2005 Greatest Hits package ‘My Prerogative’ did however take the No1 spot.
Bruce Springsteen drops a place to No2 after a reign of four weeks at the top with ‘Magic’ while Michael Bublé’s ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ also drops a place from No2 to No3. The Album Top Ten sees three more new entries this week: The Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ (their first full studio album for 28 years) enters at No4, Whitney Houston’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ enters the Chart at No6, and the new collaboration between Robert Plant & Alison Krauss ‘Raising Sands’ enters at No10. Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ comfortably holds on to the No1 spot for a second week on this week’s Singles Chart despite strong competition from Westlife. The first track to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Back Home’ , their version of Michael Buble’s ‘Home’ climbs from No 45 to No 2 with the release of the physical formats. Take That remain at No3 with ‘Rule The World’ while Britney Spears drops from No2 to No4 with ‘Gimme More’. This week’s highest new entry is awarded to The Saw Doctors whose re-release of ‘I Useta Lover’ for RTE’s People In Need Charity enters the Chart at No7– having previously made it to No1 on its original 1990 release.