Imelda May lands at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with her second album ‘Mayhem’. With her previous release ‘Love Tattoo’ up from No14 to No4, she joins an elite group of Irish artists to feature two simultaneous Top 5 albums – Damien Dempsey, U2 and The Corrs in recent chart history.
After debuting at No1 last week, Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ now slips to No2, ahead of the next new entry at No3 for ‘Flamingo’ - the first solo album from Brandon Flowers who has three No1’s under his belt as front man of The Killers. The third and final Top 10 new entry is from Manchester synthpop duo Hurts with their debut album ‘Happiness’ at No9. Tuesday’s Mercury Music Prize has an immediate impact on sales for several of the nominees: The xx, who won this year’s award, re-enter the chart at No14 (a new peak for their self-titled debut album), Villagers leap from No33 to No17 with ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and Biffy Clyro climb back to No35 with ‘Only Revolutions’.
Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ suffers a similar fate on the Singles Chart, down to No2 after one week on top, to be replaced by The Script who debut at No1 with ‘For The First Time’. The lead single from their second album ‘Science & Faith’ (released today), this is their first Irish No1 single – their previous best ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ stalled at No2 in August 2008. Alexandra Burke has the next new entry at No5 with ‘Start Without You’ (feat. Laza Morgan), her fifth Irish hit single including three No1’s. Sky TV’s ‘Must Be The Music’ continues to reap hits – this week it’s Emma’s Imagination, who debuts at No9 with ‘This Day’.