Virtually unknown last year, Lady Gaga’s extraordinary run of success in 2009 continues this week as ‘The Fame’ reclaims the No1 spot on the Album Chart from Ronan Keating, whose ‘Songs For My Mother’drops back to No2. She now has the best-selling album (The Fame) and the best-selling single (Just Dance) of the year so far in Ireland.
There are two new entries in this week’s Top 20, the highest of which is Leonard Cohen’s ‘Live In London’ at No5, an identical debut placing to his last album ‘Dear Heather’ in 2004. Flo Rida has the next at No13 with his second album ‘R.O.O.T.S.’ (Route Of Overcoming The Struggle). – a huge improvement on the No62 chart peak for his previous album ‘Mail On Sunday’. Flo Rida has a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Right Round’, maintaining a slim lead over nearest rival Lady Gaga, whose ‘Poker Face’ holds steady at No2 for a third week. A. R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls leap eight places from No11 to No3 with ‘Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)’, well poised to challenge for next week’s Top Spot. This week’s highest new entry is at No6 for Dublin 5-piece Keywest with ‘Miss You Most’ – their third and most successful single to date: ‘Livin In The Summertime’ peaked at No8 and ‘Damn’ reached No30 last year. The next new entry is at No11 for Ciara’s ‘Love Sex Magic’ (feat. Justin Timberlake) – one place behind ‘Takin Back My Love’ on which she guests with Enrique Iglesias.