Seven years ago Mary Black held the No1 spot on the Album Chart for two weeks with ‘The Best Of 1991-2001’ and this week she’s back at the top with a new solo career-spanning compilation ‘25 Years – 25 Songs’.
Duffy slips to No2 after two weeks at No1 with ‘Rockferry’, ahead of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova ‘Once’ at No3 and Amy Winehouse ‘Back To Black’ at No4. After picking up numerous accolades for their live shows, including this year’s Meteor and NME awards, Muse debut at No5 with their second live album ‘HAARP’. This is their fourth Top 5 album in Ireland – ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ and ‘Absolution’ both made it to No3 and ‘Black Holes & Revelations’ debuted at No1 in July 2006. The final newcomer to this week’s Top 10 is ‘The Definitive Christie Hennessy’ at No8. Originally released five years ago, this compilation has never before made it higher than No21, but RTE’s documentary on Sunday night has had an immediate impact on sales. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ returns to the top of the Singles Chart this week after a two week break, but there’s a strong challenge from Mundy & Sharon Shannon, whose live version of ‘Galway Girl’ surges from No14 to No2 on the strength of downloads. In addition, Sharon’s original version of the song with Steve Earle enters the chart at No28 – eight years after the song’s CD single release. There’s only one new entry in this week’s Top 10: Estelle lands her first Irish hit with ‘American Boy’ (feat. Kanye West) at No8.