Conor O’Brien’s Villagers debut at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their first full-length release ‘Becoming A Jackal’ – and for the first time in recent chart history it’s back-to-back debuts at the top for Irish artists on independent labels, following Cathy Davey’s No1 with ‘The Nameless’ last week.
Justin Bieber climbs three places to No2 with ‘My Worlds’ and Lady Gaga is back up four places to No3 with ‘The Fame’. The next new entry is at No9 for LCD Soundsystem with their third, and allegedly final studio album ‘This Is Happening’, an improvement on their eponymous debut which charted at No17 in 2005 and the follow-up ‘Sound Of Silver’ which charted at No14 in 2007. The Rolling Stones classic ‘Exile On Main Street’ returns to the Top 20 at No14, re-issued 38 years after the original release in 1972. This is the Stones’ first chart appearance since their Scorsese-directed live album ‘Shine A Light’ reached No10 two years ago.
Alexandra Burke climbs three places from No4 to No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘All Night Long’ (feat. Pitbull) – her third Irish No1 from four releases, following ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Bad Boys’. Plan B’s ‘She Said’ leaps seven places from No9 to No2, boosted by his Late Late Show performance last Friday, leapfrogging Train (down to No3 after one week on top) and Usher (down from No2 to No4). American rapper B.O.B. has this week’s highest new entry at No7 with his debut single ‘Nothin On You’ (feat. Bruno Mars).