Lady Gaga tightens her grip on the Irish Charts this week, adding the Album Chart crown (‘The Fame’) to her impressive Top 2 singles haul (‘Just Dance’ & ‘Poker Face’). This is the first time that an artist has had the Top 2 Singles for two consecutive weeks since John Lennon’s posthumous achievement in February 1981 with ‘Woman’ and ‘Imagine’.
Bell X1 have this week’s highest new entry at No3 with their first new release in more than two years ‘The Great Defector’ – their sixth hit single in Ireland, but the first to make the Top 10. Their previous best was ‘Flame’ which reached No12 in March 2006. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 10 is from Australian electronic duo ‘Empire Of the Sun’ with their debut single ‘Walking On A Dream’ at No8. With Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen swapping places at the top of the Album Chart, Lily Allen has to be content with a No3 debut for her second album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ – an improvement on the No6 opener for her first album ‘Alright, Still’ in July 2006. Bette Midler has the next new entry at No12 with ‘The Best Bette’, released in September 2008 but until this week never climbing higher than No48. The third and final Top 20 new entry is from The Fray at No13 with their self-titled second album, the follow-up to ‘How To Save A Life’ which reached No4 two years ago.