After debuting behind Eminem at No2 last week, Paolo Nutini climbs ahead of his chart rival this week to claim the Top Spot for his second album ‘Sunny Side Up’, with ‘Relapse’ down one place to No2.
There are two new entries snapping at their heels: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s ‘Greatest Hits’ at No3 and Kasabian’s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ at No4. This latest Springsteen compilation fares better than 2003’s ‘The Essential’ which debuted and peaked at No5, but falls short of 1995’s ‘Greatest Hits’ which debuted at No1. For Kasabian, this is their third hit album from three releases: their self-titled debut album entered the chart at No29 in 2004 (rising to No22 in early 2005) and their second album ‘Empire’ debuted at No3 in 2006. Black Eyed Peas have the next new entry at No8 with their fifth studio album ‘The E.N.D.’ not quite matching the No7 entry for their previous album ‘Monkey Business’ four years ago. Once again the margin is tight at the top of the Singles Chart, but this week there are just two contenders for the title: The Veronicas and Tinchy Stryder. Only 3 sales separate the two, but it’s The Veronicas who surface on top to take their first No1 single while still only available on download. Tinchy Stryder drops a place to No2 while Lady Gaga has this week’s highest climber, up 12 places from No17 to No5 with her third hit this year ‘Paparazzi’. Her first two releases have spent a combined total of eight weeks at No1 and both still feature in this week’s Top 40 – ‘Poker Face’ at No10 and ‘Just Dance’ at No32. In the digital era high new entries on this chart are increasingly rare: this week’s highest comes in at No27 for Jonas Brothers ‘Paranoid’ – their third Irish hit following ‘S.O.S’ and ‘Burnin Up’.