Joe McElderry lands at No1 on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘The Climb’ - a fifth consecutive No1 for the winner of ITV’s The X Factor, in the footsteps of Shane Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson and Alexandra Burke. Whether Joe can hold on for the Irish Christmas No1 remains to be seen when the official chart is published on Christmas Eve.
Rage Against The Machine have the next new entry at No2 with ‘Killing In the Name’, their third hit single in 16 years on the back of a Facebook campaign to topple The X Factor. ‘Killing In the Name’ failed to make the Top 30 in Ireland on original release in 1993, unlike ‘Bullet In The Head’ which reached No28 in the same year and ‘Bulls On Parade’ which reached No26 in 1996. Lady Gaga drops to No3 after a week on top with ‘Bad Romance’ and 3Oh!3 take the next new entry at No4 with ‘Starstrukk’ (feat. Katy Perry) - their second Irish hit single following ‘Don’t Trust Me’ which reached No17 back in May.
Following his Late Late Show, X-Factor and Royal Variety Show performances, Michael Bublé ends Susan Boyle’s reign at the top of the Album Chart this week as ‘Crazy Love’ climbs back to the No1 spot after an absence of 5 weeks. Susan Boyle slips to No2 while Westlife drop to No3 with ‘Where We Are’, one place ahead of 2009’s best-selling album so far – Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’. With just two more weeks to go until the end of the year it’s a three-way competition between Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and Michael Bublé.