It’s taken her 15 months, but Amy Winehouse finally claims the No1 spot on the Irish Album Chart this week with ‘Back To Black’, which was released back in November 2006. After a relatively slow start, the album entered the Top 20 in the first week of 2007 and remained in the Top 30 for the entire year – and was the second best selling album of 2007 in Ireland (behind Leona Lewis ‘Spirit’).
In an all-female Top 3, Rihanna climbs from No5 to No2 with ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, another of last year’s top-sellers which debuted at No3 on release in June 2006, rose to No1 for one week and has resided in the Top 30 ever since. In third place, Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ climbs from No6 to return to the Top 3 after a nine week break, having debuted at No1 on release in November. A month after his death on Boxing Day, Joe Dolan’s ’32 Greatest Ever Hits’ climbs 12 places from No20 to No8 - one of four Joe Dolan albums in this week’s Top 75 – and three places ahead of another fast mover: Tom Baxter’s ‘Skybound’, up from No23 to No11. Britney Spears takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Piece Of Me’, ahead of Basshunter’s ‘Now You’re Gone’ and Soulja Boy Tellem’s ‘Crank That’, both climbing one place from last week. Kanye West (feat. Chris Martin) leaps from No19 to No6 with ‘Homecoming’, still only selling on downloads with the physical release scheduled in two weeks. Mika’s ‘Relax, Take It Easy’ is the second newcomer to this week’s Top 10, up from No14 last week – his fifth single in 12 months and the third to make the Irish Top 10. After debuting at No32 last week on downloads, Lupe Fiasco is this week’s highest climber, up 22 places to No10 with ‘Superstar’.