The heavyweight battle at the top of this week’s Album Chart ends with a win for
Eminem, who had a struggle on his hands to catch Green Day: his ‘Relapse’ was released on Monday, three days after ‘21st Century Breakdown’ and the final sales margin between the two albums was just 240 units. This is Eminem’s third consecutive Irish No1 debut, emulating the achievements of ‘The Eminem Show’ and ‘Encore’ in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
Green Day’s No2 debut for ‘21st Century Breakdown’ matches their previous album ‘American Idiot’ which was runner-up five years ago - but climbed to No1 three months later. The third and final new entry in this week’s Top 10 comes from Manic Street Preachers with their ninth studio album ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’ at No7. Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz make it three weeks in a row at the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Number 1’, ahead of Alexander Rybak who debuts at No2 following Norway’s Eurovision triumph in Moscow on Saturday. Not since Lordi took ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ to No4 in 2006 has a Eurovision winner made the Irish Top 5 – and this is the best chart showing for a winner since Ireland’s own Niamh Kavanagh spent 5 weeks at No1 in 1993 with ‘For Your Eyes’. Apart from the winner, there’s also chart success for Ireland’s Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy, up from No14 to No6 with ‘Et Cetera’ and Iceland’s runner-up Yohanna - new at No28 with ‘Is It True?’.