Following their appearance on Friday’s Late Late Show, Boyzone climb back to No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Gave It All Away’ - and with ‘Brother’ holding for a second week at the top of the Album Chart they’re the first artists to take the ‘Double’ since Lady Gaga back in February 2009 (‘Just Dance’ and ‘The Fame’). For Ronan Keating, it’s a second consecutive Mothers Day No1 album – his ‘Songs For My Mother’ took last year’s honours.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé climb nine places from No11 to No2 on this week’s Singles Chart with ‘Telephone’ following the premier of the controversial 9 minute Tarantino-inspired promo video. This week’s highest new entry is at No14 for the independently-released ‘Cheltenham’ by The Favourites. Based on Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’, the timely charity release features the vocals of Laura Critchley, supported by a chorus of celebrities from the racing world. The Glee Cast have the next new entry at No15 with ‘True Colors’ – originally a No6 hit for Cyndi Lauper in Ireland back in 1986. The third and final Top 20 new entry is for Co. Cork family trio Crystal Swing at No18 with another independent release ‘He Drinks Tequila’ – a massive YouTube hit, since boosted by their Late Late Show performance on Friday.
After hovering in the lower reaches of the Album Chart for several weeks on the strength of imports, ‘Glee - The Music: Vol 2’ climbs to No2 this week with its official Irish release, while the first volume drops to No4. The next Top 40 new entry is at No35 for Sugababes with their aptly named seventh studio album ‘Sweet 7’. Their first release without final founder member Keisha Buchanan, this is their first album to enter the chart outside the Top 20 since their debut release ‘One Touch’ in 2000.