X Factor winner Alexandra Burke takes her version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ straight to the top of the Singles Chart this week, well placed to take the Official Irish Christmas No1 spot (to be revealed next Wednesday 24th). She follows in the footsteps of Leona Lewis and Leon Jackson who achieved the same feat after winning the competition in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
The impact of Saturday’s X Factor Final is felt throughout this week’s chart, with Beyoncé the other main beneficiary: ‘If I Were A Boy’ climbs back to No2, ‘Listen’ is a re-entry at No12 and ‘Single Ladies’ climbs from No25 to No13. Meanwhile Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ returns to the chart at No9, having peaked at No19 in June last year. Outside the TV talent show bubble, this week’s highest new entry comes from Pat Shortt performing as Dixie Walsh with ‘Where Did My Money Go’ at No4, the follow up to his No1 hit ‘Jumbo Breakfast Roll’ - the best-selling single in Ireland in 2006. Take That take a second week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘The Circus’, selling more copies over seven days than any album since Westlife’s ‘Love Album’ in Christmas Week 2006. The Priests hold at No2, ahead of Leona Lewis ‘Spirit’ at No3 and Beyoncé ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’, back up from No13 to No4. John Spillane climbs seven places from No14 to No7 with his ‘Irish Songs We Learned At School’, his second Top 10 album this year, following ‘My Dark Rosaleen & The Island Of Dreams’ which reached No6 back in May. The only other significant mover on this week’s chart is Josh Groban, who leaps from No28 to No13 with ‘A Collection’ – his third consecutive Christmas hit album, following ‘Awake’ in 2006 and ‘Noel’ in 2007.