R.E.M. debut at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with ‘Accelerate’, their14th studio album and their fourth consecutive No1 album in Ireland.
Mary Black drops to No2 after two weeks on top with ‘25 Years – 25 Songs’, ahead of Duffy at No3, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova at No4 and Amy Winehouse No5. The Raconteurs have this week’s next new entry at No6 with their rush-released second album ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’ - two places behind the No4 debut for their first album ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’ two years ago. Irish ballad group The High Kings have the third and final Top 30 new entry at No9 with their self-titled debut album, coinciding to the day with the start of their US tour supporting Celtic Woman. In the lead up to the Heineken Cup rugby quarter final this weekend between Munster and Gloucester, Glen Keating & Greg Ryan take ‘The Munster Song’ straight to the top of the Singles Chart. 6-year-old Glen performs alongside singer Greg on this charity single in aid of Bluebell ABA school for autistic children, which is in danger of closing due to lack of funds. Flo Rida drops from No1 to No2 with ‘Low’ (feat. T-Pain), still just ahead of Estelle & Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’ at No3.