Ronan Keating has three Irish No1 albums under his belt with Boyzone in the nineties, but this week he claims his first solo chart-topper with ‘Songs For My Mother’, up from last week’s No4 and no doubt fuelled by Mothers Day last Sunday.
Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ drops back to No2 (again), ahead of U2 at No3, Bette Midler at No4 and Annie Lennox at No5. Further down the Top 40 there are three new entries this week, the highest of which is Lionel Richie at No33 with ‘Just Go’, his first album of new material to make the chart since the 1980’s. Pet Shop Boys have the next new entry with their tenth studio album ‘Yes’ at No34 and US heavy metal band Mastodon complete the trio with ‘Crack the Skye’ at No37. Flo Rida takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Right Round’, thanks to the CD release this week which keeps him ahead of nearest rival Lady Gaga, whose ‘Poker Face’ holds steady at No2 overall but is this week’s top-selling download. Metro Station taste their first Irish Top 10 success as ‘Shake It’ climbs from No16 to No7, again, boosted by a CD release to complement the downloads. Enrique Iglesias on the other hand, returns to the Top 10 for a sixth time as ‘Takin Back My Love’ (feat. Ciara) leaps from No20 to No9. A. R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls have this week’s highest new entry at No11 with ‘Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)’, an English language interpretation of the Slumdog Millionaire closing song.