Madonna leads the pack of new entries in this week’s Album Chart, debuting at No1 with her eleventh studio album ‘Hard Candy’ - her first No1 album in Ireland since ‘Music’ back in September 2000.
Christie Hennessy’s posthumously-released duets album ‘The Two Of Us’ settles at No2, his best showing on this chart since 1993 when ‘A Year In The Life’ spent 7 weeks at No1. After 5 weeks at the top, Mary Black finally slips down to No3 this week with ’25 Years – 25 Songs’, ahead of the next new entry – Portishead’s appropriately-titled ‘Third’ at No4. Their first album ‘Dummy’ peaked at No14 in 1995 and the follow-up ‘Portishead’ debuted and peaked at No3 in 1997 – eleven years ago. The Last Shadow Puppets drop from No2 to No5 with ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, one place ahead of the fourth and final new entry in this week’s Top 10: John Spillane’s ‘My Dark Rosaleen & The Island Of Dreams’. This is his third hit album in Ireland, following ‘Will We Be Brilliant Or What?’ (No14 in 2002) and ‘Hey Dreamer’ (No4 in 2005). Sharon Shannon & Mundy have a fourth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘The Galway Girl’, heading a Top 5 unchanged from last week: Madonna & Justin Timberlake at No2, Flo Rida at No3, Estelle & Kanye West at No4 and Dustin at No5. The Script bound into this week’s Top 10 with ‘We Cry’, up from No18 to No9, but the highest climber honours go to Nelly with ‘Party People’ (feat. Fergie), up 20 places from No37 to No17.