U2, The Dubliners, Kila and A Band of Bowsies climb from No2 to No1 on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew’, fuelled by strong sales of the CD version released last Thursday. For U2, it’s their second recent charity collaboration to make it to No1 in Ireland, following ‘The Saints Are Coming’ (with Green Day) in November 2006.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova continue to benefit from their win at The Oscars, up from No3 to No2 with ‘Falling Slowly’, ahead of Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ which drops to No3 after just one week at the top. There are no new entries in this week’s Top 20, but there are two high climbers in the Top 10: Westlife leap 21 places from No27 to No6 with ‘Us Against The World’ – their 23rd Top 10 single in Ireland – and US rapper Flo Rida jumps 12 places from No21 to No9 with his Irish debut single ‘Low’ (feat. T-Pain). Duffy more than compensates for losing the Singles Chart crown this week by landing at No1 on the Album Chart with her debut ‘Rockferry’ - and she’s the fifth female solo artist to top this chart in less than 6 months, following in the footsteps of Britney, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse and Rihanna. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have the next new entry at No5 with ‘Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!’, their fourth consecutive Top 10 album in Ireland, although Cave’s ‘Grinderman’ album failed to make the Top 10, peaking at No15 last year.