Bon Jovi debut at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their ‘Greatest Hits’ – their first No1 in Ireland since 1995 when ‘These Days’ spent four weeks at the top. In the intervening years they’ve released five studio albums, all of which have debuted in the Top 10 – the highest being ‘Crush’ which landed at No3 in 2000.
In a closely fought contest, Cheryl Cole comes in at No2 with her second album ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ – exactly the same first week slot as her debut album ‘3 Words’ this time last year. The Kings Of Leon’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ drops to No3 after two weeks on top, ahead of The Script and Michael Bublé down to No4 and No5 respectively. With only one minor hit single under her belt (‘Slow’ - No33), Rumer has the next new entry at No13 with her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Seasons Of My Soul’. The fourth Top 20 new entry comes from ‘doo-wop boy band’ The Overtones with ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ at No14.
A live performance on last weekend’s X-Factor propels Rihanna to the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ – her fourth Irish No1 single. In the process she deposes X-Factor mentor Cheryl Cole who slips to No2 after just one week at the top with ‘Promise This’. The show is also responsible for this week’s highest new entry, Shakespears Sister’s ‘Stay’ which returns to the chart at No10 thanks to contestant Cher Lloyd’s performance of the song, which was a No1 for the duo back in 1992.