Coldplay take a fifth consecutive week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Viva La Vida’, bettering the three weeks that ‘X&Y’ spent at the top in 2005 and the four week reign of ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ in 2002. It’s also the longest consecutive run at the top since Cascada’s ‘Everytime We Touch’ which spent five weeks at the summit in March-April 2007.
Basshunter has this week’s highest new entry at No2 with ‘Now You’re Gone – The Album’, just missing out on the Singles & Albums chart double. The success of the movie ‘Mamma Mia’ drives Abba’s ‘Gold – The Greatest Hits’ back into the Top 10 at No9, up from No22, and the London Cast recording of the show returns to the chart at No24. To complete an unusual treble, the movie’s ‘Original Soundtrack ‘climbs from No3 to No1 in the Compilation Chart. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 30 is Sharleen Spiteri’s first solo album ‘Melody’ at No28 – a huge improvement on the No74 debut for ‘Red Book’, her previous album with Texas. Basshunter holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with ‘All I Ever Wanted’, despite a strong challenge from Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’, up from No5 to No2. Madonna is the only newcomer to the Top 10 this week, up from No29 to No10 with the release of the CD and vinyl formats of ‘Give It 2 Me’. McFly have the highest new entry at No23 with their independently-released ‘One For The Road’ new at No22 - their sixth Irish Top 30 single, although none have reached higher than No14.