Two years after their self-titled debut album entered the Album Chart at No1, The Script repeat the feat this week with their follow-up ‘Science & Faith’ - registering the highest first week sales since U2’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ in March last year.
Imelda May dips to No2 after one week on top with ‘Mayhem’, ahead of the next new entry at No3 for Linkin Park’s fourth studio album ‘A Thousand Suns’. Their debut ‘Hybrid Theory’ reached No6 in 2000 but the next two releases ‘Meteora’ (2003) and ‘Minutes To Midnight’ (2007) both debuted at No1. Following his Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss ‘Raising Sand’ which reached No9 in the Irish Chart, Robert Plant has this week’s next new entry at No8 with his latest solo offering ‘Band Of Joy’ – named after the Led Zeppelin front man’s pre-Zep group in the late 60’s. In a strong week for new releases, there are two more that make this week’s Top 20: Phil Collins debuts at No10 with ‘Going Back’ (his first solo release since ‘Testify’ which made No30 in 2002) and Interpol land at No13 with their eponymous fourth album, the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’ which debuted at No1.
The Script take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘For The First Time’ to claim a Singles & Album Chart double top. In contrast to the Album Chart it’s a quiet week for new releases, with just two new entries in the Top 20: Maroon 5 have the highest at No10 with ‘Misery’, their seventh Irish hit single and the fourth to make the Top 10, while Pixie Lott debuts at No19 with ‘Use Somebody’, her Kings Of Leon cover giving her a fourth appearance in this chart.