Take That release their sixth studio album ‘Progress’ this week and go straight to No1. It’s their first release with Robbie since 1995’s ‘Nobody Else’ and continues their winning streak of No1’s that began with ‘Everything Changes’ in 1993.
Rihanna has to settle for a No2 debut for her fifth album ‘Loud’, registering the highest sales for a No2 album so far this year. Of her previous four, only ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ has fared better, reaching No1 in 2007. Bon Jovi’s ‘Greatest Hits’ drops to No3 after two weeks on top, ahead of the next new entry from Bruce Springsteen - ‘The Promise’, a previously unreleased compilation of songs from the 1978 ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ sessions. Pink completes the quartet of Top 10 new entries with ‘Greatest Hits…So Far!!!’ at No8, her first hits compilation from five studio albums released over the past ten years.
Rihanna holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a third week with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, ahead of non-mover Katy Perry at No2 with ‘Firework’ and Take That’s ‘The Flood’, up from No8 to No3. Westlife claim this week’s highest new entry at No4 with ‘Safe’, their 25th hit single in Ireland. Of the previous 24, thirteen reached the top and a further seven made it to No2, a hit-rate that makes them the most successful singles artist of the decade in Ireland. Relative newcomers JLS have the next new entry with their fifth Top 20 single in just over a year - ‘Love You More’ at No12.