Leona Lewis holds at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Bleeding Love’ for a seventh consecutive week since release, heading a Top 5 which is unchanged from last week: Shayne Ward at No2, Timbaland at No3, Westlife at No4 and Take That at No5.
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’ is this week’s highest climber, up from No23 to No8 for a Christmas song making its fourth appearance in the Top 10: No1 in 1987, No10 in 1991 and No4 in 2005. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ continues to climb the chart, up from No22 to No13 – originally released in 1994 when it reached No3. The two highest new entries this week are both charity singles: No18 for ‘Over The Rooftops’ by The Allstars (Gaelic football legends Barney Rock, Jack O’Shea and David Beggy for the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre) and No22 for ‘The Safe Cross Code’ - a collaboration between Brendan Grace and the pupils of Derrywash National School, Mayo to convey the message of road safety. Shayne Ward has a second week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Breathless’, ahead of Leona Lewis ‘Spirit’ at No2 and Garth Brooks ‘The Ultimate Hits’ at No3. Twenty years after debuting at No1, U2’s classic ‘The Joshua Tree’ re-enters the chart at No12 this week thanks to the release of a new Deluxe Edition which features B-sides, rarities and a DVD. The highest new entry is at No17 for Micky Modelle & Celtic Pride with ‘Irish Club Anthems’, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Rock Anthems In Clubland’ which reached No21 – and their first foray into the Top 20 since ‘Irish Clubland’ reached No4 in April 2004.