Coldplay storm into the Album Chart at No1 this week with their fourth album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’, beating the combined sales of the rest of this week’s Top 10.
In the process they record the highest weekly sales (outside the Christmas period) since U2’s ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ in November 2004 – and the highest weekly sales outside the 4th Quarter since Oasis ‘Be Here Now’ way back in September 1997. This is their third consecutive No1 album in Ireland (their debut ‘Parachutes’ peaked at No2), but outsells both ‘A Rush Of Blood’ and ‘X&Y’ convincingly in terms of first week sales. Former label-mates Radiohead dip to No2 after two weeks on top with ‘The Best Of’, ahead of Sharon Shannon’s ‘The Galway Girl – The Best Of’ steady at No3 and Damien Dempsey’s ‘The Rocky Road’, down from No2 to No4. Following Saturday’s Croke Park gig Neil Diamond has two albums in this week’s Top 10: ‘Home Before Dark’ climbs from No7 to No5 and ‘The Best Of’ leaps from No63 to No9. After three weeks in the Top 10 Singles Chart on the strength of downloads, the CD release of ‘Forever’ catapults Chris Brown to his first Irish No1. This is his sixth Top 30 single in Ireland and the third to make the Top 3, following ‘Run It!’ (No2) and ‘With You’ (No3). Rihanna drops to No2 after four weeks at No1 with ‘Take A Bow’ while Coldplay climb one place to No3 with downloads of the title track of their new album ‘Viva La Vida’.