The Killers debut at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their third album ‘Day & Age’, continuing an impressive hit-rate: their first album ‘Hot Fuss’ (2004) entered the chart at No52, rising seven months later to the top of the Chart, and the follow-up ‘Sam’s Town’ came straight in at No1 in October 2006 and went on to take five weeks at the top.
The Priests dip to No2 despite increasing their sales week-on-week by 13%, ahead of Guns N’ Roses long-awaited sixth album ‘Chinese Democracy’ at No3, fifteen years after their previous album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ debuted at No2. In another strong week for new entries, X Factor runner-up Rhydian comes in at No7 with his self-titled debut album and Kanye West enters at No11 with his fourth album ‘808’s & Heartbreak’. Leona Lewis takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with downloads of ‘Run’, heading a Top 3 which is unchanged since last week: Beyoncé is at No2 with ‘If I Were A Boy’ and the X-Factor Finalists are still at No3 with ‘Hero’. Britney Spears climbs back up the chart with the CD release of ‘Womanizer’, up nine places to No4, having debuted at No2 three weeks ago on just downloads, then dipped to No10 and No13. Take That have this week’s highest new entry at No6 with ‘Greatest Day’, their 16th hit single in Ireland - four from the last two years and twelve from their early days (1992-1996).