U.S. rockers Paramore hit the jackpot this week, debuting at No1 on the Album Chart with their third album ‘Brand New Eyes’ – way ahead of their previous studio album ‘Riot!’ which entered at a lowly No56 in June 2007, before peaking at No53 a few weeks later. They are the first American band to top the Irish Album Chart since The Killers in November last year with ‘Day & Age’.
Madonna slips to No2 after a week on top with ‘Celebration’, ahead of the next new entry for The Coronas with ‘Tony Was A Ex-Con’ at No3. This is their second album following ‘Heroes Or Ghosts’ which entered the chart at No21 two years ago and has since spent more than 6 month in the Top 50. Ian Brown has the next new entry at No12 with ‘My Way’, his sixth solo album since the demise of The Stone Roses, all of which have debuted in the Top 20 except ‘Golden Greats’ which made No36 in 1999. Black Eyed Peas’ stack up an amazing eleventh week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘I Gotta Feeling’ – joining an elite group of artists who have passed the 10-week mark at the top: Bill Whelan (Riverdance – 18 weeks), ROI Soccer Squad (Put ‘Em Under Pressure – 13 weeks), Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody – 11 weeks) and Bryan Adams (Everything I Do – 11 weeks). Their residency at the top is now the longest for 15 years.