In a week that sees no change at the top of either the Singles or Albums Chart the big news story is Bruce Springsteen’s re-entry into the Albums Chart. After playing three nights in Dublin he sees eleven of his albums from his 35 year recording career residing in the Top 75 with two titles in the Top 10: ‘Magic’ climbs from last week’s No10 to No6 while his ‘Greatest Hits’ climbs from No12 to No7. An achievement that equals that of U2 who after their 2005 Dublin show also saw eleven of their albums back in the Chart.
Despite Bruce’s onslaught Sharon Shannon claims the No1 Album slot for a second week with her greatest hits package – ‘The Galway Girl – The Best Of’ – fending off competition from Usher whose fifth studio album ‘Here I Stand’ enters the Chart at No2. This gives him his best first weeks showing in the Chart to date. His 2004 release ‘Confessions’ had to be content with a first week at No8 although it did climb to the top of the Chart 4 weeks later. Scooter climb back up a place from last weeks No4 to take the No3 spot with ‘Jumping All Over The World’, while this weeks highest new entry goes to Michael English’s ‘All My Life’ which enters at No9 – also his best first weeks showing - beating his previously most successful album – ‘Nearest To Perfect’ - which entered at No12. This week’s Singles Chart remains steady at the summit with Rihanna’s ‘Take A Bow’ having a second week at No1 and The Ting Tings’ ‘That’s Not My Name’ taking a third week at No2. Usher and Young Jeezy’s ‘Love In This Club’ moves up a place to No3 while this weeks highest new entry - on download only – is Chris Brown’s new release ‘Forever’