Just over 10 years ago Radiohead debuted at No1 on the Irish Album Chart with ‘OK Computer’ and their next three studio albums ‘Kid A’, ‘Amnesiac’ and ‘Hail To The Thief’ all achieved the same feat. This week ‘In Rainbows’ matches the No1 chart debut of the previous four albums, despite the fact that it was available as a ‘pay as you please’ download ahead of this week’s physical release.
Garth Brooks is denied a sixth Irish No1 album by a margin of just 18 sales, climbing from No5 to No2 with ‘The Ultimate Hits’. His previous chart-topper was ‘The Life Of Chris Gaines’ back in October 1999, and prior to that his ‘Hits’ compilation spent nine weeks at the top between December 1994 and April 1995. The first Singles Chart of the New Year sees Leon Jackson holding at the top for a third week with ‘When You Believe’, outselling nearest rival Timbaland by more than 2:1. Soulja Boy Tellem climbs for a fifth consecutive week with ‘Crank That’ up from No6 to No3, one place ahead of Britney Spears ‘Piece Of Me’ which jumps from No9 to No4. Several of last year’s top-selling downloads mount a resurgence this week, with Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ up from No14 to No6, Rihanna ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ up from No20 to No10 and Mundy & Sharon Shannon ‘Galway Girl’ up from No41 to No13 – one of just three singles by Irish artists in this week’s Top 30.