Bruce Springsteen releases his 16th studio album ‘Working On A Dream’ this week and debuts at No1 on the Album Chart – his fourth consecutive Irish No1 following ‘Devils & Dust’, ‘Live In Dublin’ and ‘Magic’. His opening sales figures, however, are higher than any of his three previous albums, and greater than the combined sales of the rest of this week’s Top 5 albums.
Lady Gaga continues to reap album sales from the success of her two concurrent hit singles, as The Fame climbs from No5 to No2, vaulting ahead of James Morrison who drops to No3 after one week on top with his second album ‘Songs For You, Truths For Me’. There are two new further entries in this week’s Top 10: Liberties-born rockabilly singer Imelda May at No7 with ‘Love Tattoo’, which was originally released back in September last year, and Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Tonight’ at No10 – well short of the No2 debut for their previous album ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ in 2005. Lady Gaga makes it three weeks in a row at the top the Singles Chart this week with ‘Just Dance’, still ahead of James Morrison & Nelly Furtado who hold at No2 with ‘Broken Strings’. Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne continue their steady progress through the ranks – up three places from No6 to No3 this week with ‘Let It Rock’. The Fray leap from No28 to No4 with the CD release of ‘You Found Me’, their third Irish hit following ‘How To Save A Life’ (No1 in March 2007) and ‘Over My Head’ (No 25 in June 2007).