Westlife debut at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Back Home’, their eighth No1 album in Ireland from nine releases (only ‘Allow Us To be Frank' missed out on the top spot, peaking at No2 in November 2004). What’s more, it’s the fastest-selling album in Ireland since their last offering ‘The Love Album’ in November 2006.
Mario Rosenstock has the next new entry at No2 with the eighth in his Gift Grub series ‘The G Factor’. Volume 7 debuted at No1 this time last year, but was deposed after one week by the Westlife juggernaut. Britney Spears ‘Blackout’ dips to No3 after debuting at No1 last week, ahead of non-mover ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ from The Eagles at No4. The third new entry in this week’s Top 5 comes in at No5 - 2FM’s irreverent comedy ‘Nob Nation’, as featured on the Gerry Ryan Show. Leona Lewis takes a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Bleeding Love’, selling more copies in the seven day period than any single since her debut ‘Another Moment Like This’ in Christmas week last year. Westlife are held off the top for a second week as ‘Home’ takes a distant second place, but still maintains a comfortable lead over Timbaland’s ‘Apologize’ at No3. Climbing the chart for a fifth consecutive week, ‘Apologize’ is Timbaland’s third Top 3 single this year following ‘Give It To Me’ and ‘The Way I Are’ – all three taken from his No1 album ‘Shock Value’.