A year and a half after his self-titled first album debuted at No1 on the Irish Album Chart, Shayne Ward repeats the feat this week with the follow-up ‘Breathless’ and in the process he dislodges fellow X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, whose ‘Spirit’ dips to No3 after two weeks on top.
Meanwhile Garth Brooks holds steady at No2 for a third week with ‘The Ultimate Hits’, selling enough copies each week to make it to No1 in almost any other week of the year. Kylie Minogue has this week’s highest new entry at No14 with her tenth studio album ‘X’, her first since ‘Body Language’ which debuted and peaked at No19 in November 2003. Despite losing the Album Chart crown, Leona Lewis takes an impressive sixth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Bleeding Love’, ahead of Shayne Ward’s ‘Breathless’ which jumps three places from No5 to No2. Sean Kingston climbs from No19 to No7 with ‘My Love’, the follow-up to his No1 ‘Beautiful Girls’, and Girls Aloud continue their unbroken string of hits with ‘Call the Shots’ at No9 – their 17th Top 20 single in less than five years. Outside the Top 20 seasonal downloads are building in strength: Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ climbs from No34 to No22 and The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’ re-enters the chart at No23.