The Script take a third week at No1 on the Album Chart this week, but the battle for runners-up position is closely fought between The Verve and Slipknot. The Verve end up just 7 sales ahead of their masked rivals, as their aptly-named fourth studio album ‘Forth’ seals a successful comeback at No2.
Slipknot are also on album number 4 with ‘All Hope Is Gone’, and this week’s No3 debut matches their previous best – No3 for ‘Iowa’ seven years ago. The Game completes the trio of Top 10 new entries with ‘LAX’ at No8 – ahead of the No12 debut for 2004’s ‘The Documentary’ and matching the No8 debut for 2006’s ‘Doctor’s Advocate’. Katy Perry has a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart this week with downloads of ‘I Kissed A Girl’, heading a Top 10 which shows few changes from last week: The Script climb one place to No2 after three weeks at No3, Kid Rock drops to No3 and Rihanna holds at No4. Metallica have this week’s highest new entry at No14 with downloads of ‘The Day That Never Comes’, the first single from their forthcoming new album ‘Death Magnetic’. This is their 17th hit single in Ireland, and their first since ‘Frantic’ reached No20 five years ago. Eric Prydz has this week’s only other Top 20 new entry with ‘Pjanoo’ at No15, four years after he spent four weeks at No1 with ‘Call On Me’.