Madonna lands at No1 this week with her fourth greatest hits collection ‘Celebration’. Of the previous three, ‘The Immaculate Collection’ was the only one to reach No1 in 1990, with ‘GHV2’ debuting at No2 in 2001 and ‘Something To Remember’ making No7 in 1995.
Pearl Jam debut just behind Madonna at No2 with their ninth studio album ‘Backspacer’ - their first new album since 2006 when their eponymous eighth album debuted and peaked at No4. Muse drop to No3 after a week on top with ‘The Resistance’, one place ahead of Jay-Z ‘Blueprint 3’ down from No3 to No4. Outside the Top10, Mika is new at No14 with his second album ‘The Boy Who New Too Much’, Dublin 4-piece CODES enter at No18 with their critically-acclaimed debut ‘Trees Dream In Algebra’ and Dizzee Rascal is new at No20 with his fourth album ‘Tongue N Cheek’. Black Eyed Peas’ residency at No1 on the Singles Chart continues as they take a tenth week at the top with ‘I Gotta Feeling’ – the longest run at the top since Mark McCabe took ten weeks with ‘Maniac 2000’ nine years ago. Only another eight weeks and they match Bill Whelan’s record of 18 weeks at No1 with ‘Riverdance’ back in 1994. Jay-Z is the nearest challenger this week with ‘Empire State Of Mind’ (feat. Alicia Keys), up from No22 to No2 and four places ahead of his other Top 10 hit – ‘Run This Town’ (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) at No6. This is a new personal best in the Irish Charts for Jay-Z, ahead of the No3 peak position for ‘Run This Town’ two weeks ago.