Joe McElderry holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a second week with ‘The Climb’, extending his lead over the nearest challenger to more than 20,000 sales to claim this year’s Irish Christmas No1. In the process he sells more singles this week than any artist since Six ‘There's A Whole Lot Of Loving Going On’ back in 2002.
Rage Against The Machine remain well ahead of all other challengers but stall at No2 with ‘Killing In the Name, and so fail to emulate the UK success of the Facebook campaign to dislodge the X Factor winner. This is, however, the best-selling download in Ireland this week, but the avalanche of Joe McElderry CD sales is enough to sink RATM’s challenge for the overall top spot. Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ is a non-mover at No3, ahead of X Factor Finalists ‘You Are Not Alone’ at No4 and Black Eyed Peas ‘Meet Me Halfway’ at No5. Cheryl Cole is the only significant mover in the Christmas Top 20, up eight places from No15 to No7 with the second single and title track from her solo album ‘3 Words’.
Michael Bublé holds off a strong challenge from Susan Boyle to take a second week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Crazy Love’ – his second Christmas No1 album in three years following ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ which achieved this accolade in 2007. With Susan Boyle and Westlife steady at No2 and No3 respectively, Paolo Nutini makes a late surge with ‘Sunny Side Up’ climbing from No9 to No4, in the process overtaking Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and JLS who all slip back one place.