The Album Chart is overhauled this week with the arrival of three new entries in the top positions, but it’s Muse who head the pack with their 5th studio album ‘The Resistance’ landing at No1. This is their second consecutive No1 album, following ‘Black Holes & Revelations’ which debuted on top three years ago. Prior to that, ‘Absolution’ (2003) and ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ (2001) both came in at No3.
David Gray, with four No1 albums under his belt, has the next new entry at No2 with ‘Draw The Line’. His previous three albums all debuted at No1 (‘Lost Songs’, ‘A New Day At Midnight’ and ‘Life In Slow Motion’) and his 1998 classic ‘White Ladder’ remains one of Ireland’s best-selling albums . Jay-Z has the third new entry at No3 with ‘The Blueprint 3’, way ahead of his previous best ‘Kingdom Come’ (No40 three years ago) – although his collaboration with Linkin Park ‘Collision Course’ reached No6 in 2005. Black Eyed Peas ‘I Got A Feeling’ takes an incredible ninth week at No1 on the Singles Chart – the longest stretch at the top since 2006 when B.E.P. member Wyclef Jean and Shakira took nine weeks at No1 with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’. In a strange twist, Shakira has this week’s highest new entry at No4 with her first single for 2 years ‘She Wolf’. This week’s highest climber, and contender for next week’s No1, is Taio Cruz with ‘Break Your Heart’, up 32 places from No34 to No2.